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Closures, cancellations continue in Nova Scotia in wake of blizzard

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WATCH ABOVE: Crews have been working around the clock to try and get Halifax back in decent shape before another storm hits. Global’s Alexa MacLean reports – Feb 14, 2017

As crews work to clear the about 50 centimetres of snow that fell across Nova Scotia Monday, many facilities and services remain closed or cancelled for a second day in a row.

READ MORE: Blizzard closes schools, disrupts travel across Nova Scotia

Approximately 45 centimetres had fallen as of about 6 p.m. Monday, according to the Halifax Regional Municipality, with another 10 to 15 forecast overnight, prompting the municipality to extend closures for another day.

READ MORE: Halifax parking ban: When you can and can’t park on the street overnight

Here’s a list of expected disruptions for Tuesday:

School closures:

  • Halifax Regional School Board – Closed for the day, along with central office.
  • Chignecto Central Regional School Board – Closed for the day. Decision on offices and work sites at 6:30 a.m.
  • Annapolis Valley Regional School Board – Closed for the day, work sites opening at noon.
  • South Shore Regional School Board – Closed for the day, regional office .
  • Strait Regional School Board – Closed, with update expected at 10:30. Support staff to report to work at noon.
  • Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board  – Closed for the day.
  • Tri-County Regional School Board  – Closed for the day.
  • CSAP – All schools closed for the day – North East office to open at noon.

University closures:

  • Dalhousie University – Halifax and King’s College – closed for the day, Truro campus delayed opening, update expected at 10:30 a.m.
  • NSCC – All campuses closed for the day
  • Mount Saint Vincent University  – Closed for the day.
  • Saint Mary’s University – Closed for the day.
  • NSCAD  – Closed for the day.

Travel delays:

Roads across the province are snow covered and blowing snow is reducing visibility.

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  • Halifax Transit – Buses not running until 5 p.m.  Ferries will resume service at 7 a.m., barring mechanical issues or unexpected issues.
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport – Several flights delayed or canceled, check with your airline.
  • Halifax harbour bridges  – Both bridges open to all vehicles until 7 p.m. Tuesday.
  • 100-series Highways – Many highways around Halifax experiencing whiteouts and low visibility.
  • Marine Atlantic  – Crossings between North Sydney and Port aux Basques are cancelled for the day.

Halifax Municipal Offices

  • Garbage/recycling/green cart collection – Cancelled, rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28.
  • Municipal offices, customer service centres – Closed for the day.
  • Halifax Recreational Facilities – Closed for the day.
  • 311 Call Centre – Regular business hours, but people are asked not to call regarding snow clearing until service time lines have expired.
  • Sidewalk clearing – Bus stops and sidewalks likely won’t see improvements until Wednesday morning at the earliest. HRM expects 24 more hours are needed before conditions will improve on streets in the region.

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WATCH: Halifax fire and police departments stress snow safety
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Halifax fire and police departments stress snow safety – Feb 14, 2017

Many of the city roads are narrow as crews continue to work to clear snow, but continuing snow fall and blowing snow is making it “very limited ability to deploy resources” to residential areas, the city said. The majority of sidewalks have also not been cleared.

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Officials say Monday’s storm was one of the worst to hit the province in recent years. According to Nova Scotia Power (NSP), more than 5,000 customers are without power thanks to more than 200 outages across the province.

WATCH: A blizzard shut down much of Nova Scotia on Monday, Feb. 13. Thousands were without power, and highways were closed. This video shows a pick-up truck with a plow stuck in the snow in Dartmouth.

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Plow gets stuck in snow during Halifax blizzard – Feb 14, 2017

It’s estimated those customers will have their power restored by Tuesday evening. NSP says crews worked to restore power to more than 48,000 customers by 6 a.m. Tuesday, however high winds are making their efforts more difficult.

 

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