Snow, freezing rain forces closures and cancellations in N.S.
A wintry mix of precipitation in the forecast for Monday has led to multiple closures and cancellations in Nova Scotia.
Environment Canada issued warnings and special weather statements for the entire province on Monday.
According to the national forecaster, snow ahead of this system over southwestern Nova Scotia will spread across the province in the morning before changing to ice pellets or freezing rain to rain over mainland Nova Scotia.
Southern parts of the province from Shelburne County to Kings County have a rainfall warning.
Areas such as Cumberland County and Colchester County have winter storm warnings.
Inverness County in Cape Breton has an Les Suêtes wind warning
Meanwhile, the rest of the province, including metro Halifax, has a special weather statement.
School closure shave been announced across the province, including all schools in the Halifax Regional Centre for Education, Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education, Tri-County Regional Centre for Education, Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education, South Shore Regional Centre for Education and some schools in Conseil scolaire acadien provincial.
Strait Regional Regional Centre for Education says it will have an early dismissal at noon for students.
Nova Scotia Community College has closed its campuses due to the forecast. Dalhousie University initially said it would keep its campuses open and would monitor the forecast, but later tweeted it was closing its Halifax campuses at 11 a.m.
Halifax’s overnight winter parking ban will also be enforced from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. so that crews can clear roads and sidewalks. Any vehicles parked on municipal streets could be ticketed or towed.
Monday’s wintry weather follows a winter storm that hit the region Sunday, that brought a heavy dumping of snow to the province.
Meanwhile, snow is also spreading across New Brunswick on Monday. Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 30 cm are expected in that province, along with ice pellets over southeastern sections late in the afternoon. Students in New Brunswick are enjoying their first day of March Break on Monday.
And it’s not over yet.
Meteorologist Ian Hubbard with Environment and Climate Change Canada says there is more snow in the forecast for later this week.
“Once we get through his mess today, we’ll be getting into northwesterly winds for the next two days, and it looks like maybe on Wednesday we could see a little bit of snow for parts of Nova Scotia, but certainly it’s not expected to be a major system like we’ve experienced today or on the weekend,” he said.
— With a file from The Canadian Press
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