Nova Scotia snowstorm causes school closures and delays

Click to play video: 'Cars spin out on snowy Duke Street in Halifax' Cars spin out on snowy Duke Street in Halifax
Cars spin out on slick Halifax streets Monday, Dec.12 as a snowstorm hit the region – Dec 12, 2016

Much of Nova Scotia is dealing with slick roads and cancellations Monday as a storm moves across the province dumping the most significant snowfall this fall.

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The overnight parking ban in Halifax can’t be enforced until Thursday, so the city is asking drivers to keep from parking on the city streets to allow crews to clear snow.

“Just think before you park,” said Trevor Harvie, Halifax’s winter operations superintendent.

“Just ask a couple simple questions, you know, can a snowplow get by you if you park there.”

Many Halifax Transit bus routes are on a snow plan, or experiencing delays. The city also cancelled meetings scheduled for Monday.

City officials also ask that planters, waste bins and other things that could hinder snow clearing be moved out of the way.

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Harvie said crews have been working since Sunday night preparing for the storm with salt and other tools to keep the snow from “binding onto the asphalt.” He said plows have also been sent to their respective areas across the municipality.

Some flights in and out of Halifax’s Stanfield International Airport have also been delayed.

All schools in the Halifax Regional School Board closed for the day at 11:30 a.m.

Doug Hadley, spokesperson for HRSB, said they made the decision after information showed weather conditions would “deteriorate” in the afternoon.

Parents expressed frustration online through social media that there wasn’t enough notice given, but Hadley said they try to remind parents to have a plan for days of bad weather.

“If they ever feel that it’s not safe in the morning to send their child to school, they should make a different decision from the one we make,” Hadley said.

Classes were cancelled in the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board and the Tri-County Regional School Board’s Digby County schools.

Meanwhile, schools in these school boards will close early:

  • Chignecto-Central Regional School Board will dismiss two hours early
  • Schools in the South Shore Regional School Board will close three hours early
  • Centre scolaire de la Rive-Sud closed at noon


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WATCH: Weather warnings are in effect for much of Nova Scotia as a major snowfall is expected

Nova Scotia remains under snowfall warning

Almost all of Nova Scotia is under a weather warning, and Environment Canada is predicting 15-20 centimetres of snow will fall before the storm begins to taper off to flurries or showers late Monday.

The messy weather is expected to cause unfavourable driving conditions. Motorists are asked to take caution.

— With files from Alexa MacLean, Global News

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