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Cold temperatures, winter weather prompt closures and cancellations in Nova Scotia

WATCH ABOVE: An arctic air mass dropped temperatures as low as -20 in some areas of Nova Scotia, and that was cold enough to cancel schools, shut down highways and put a major damper on holiday travel plans. Global’s Jennifer Grudic reports.

Extreme cold temperatures, adverse weather and slick road conditions have closed schools in most of Nova Scotia on Friday.

Closed:

All Annapolis Valley Regional School Board schools

All South Shore Regional School Board schools

All Schools in the Tri-County Regional School Board schools

AllCape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board schools

All Chignecto Central Regional School Board schools

Meanwhile schools within the Halifax Regional School Board remain open.

Many NSCC campuses have also cancelled classes or delayed opening.

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Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for much of Nova Scotia warning of extremely cold temperatures.

The weather service says “very cold air” and strong northwesterly winds overnight Thursday and Friday morning will cause temperatures to drop to -15 to -20 C.

When wind chill values Friday morning are factored in, the temperature will be near -30 C, and Environment Canada warns there is a significant risk of frostbite.