Cancellations and closures due to heavy snowfall in the Maritimes

The slow-moving weather system that is dumping large amounts of snow on parts of the region has already caused a long list of delays, cancellations and closures.

CTV News has compiled a list of how the blizzard is affecting the Maritimes.

Warnings

There are winter storm and snowfall warnings for areas of Nova Scotia.

Environment Canada says parts of the west could receive between 10 cm and 15 cm of snow, and northwestern Nova Scotia could receive between 20 cm and 40 cm of snow through Monday.

There are also special weather statements for Prince Edward Island. Central and eastern PEI could see between 20 cm and 40 cm through Monday.

For more information on the upcoming forecast, check out this story from CTV Chief Meteorologist Kalin Mitchell.

When there’s snow like this, Peter Bigelow says you have to stay on top of it.

“I wasn’t expecting that much,” Bigelow says. “You just have to get ahead of it.”

Peter James says he likes fluffier, lighter snow, but this one is a bit heavy.

“It allows you to exercise,” says James. “This is our first real snowfall in February, so let’s keep our fingers crossed we don’t get a lot more.”

Travel

All Halifax Transit, Access-A-Bus and ferry bus services were suspended as of 1 p.m. Saturday.

For transit updates, visit the Halifax Regional Municipality website and follow @hfxtransit on X.

Halifax Regional Municipality will continue its overnight parking ban until Sunday morning between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. The ban will apply to both Zone 1, central, and Zone 2, non-central.

For more information on parking bans, visit the municipality website.

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality suspended its transit services Saturday morning due to the winter storm.

Halifax Senior Public Affairs Manager Laura Wright says crews will continue to work around the clock until the snow is removed.

“Where we expect significant snowfall, you can expect full-field pressure on our crews to clear the snow,” Wright says.

A plow clears a sidewalk in Halifax on February 3, 2024.

Some may find it difficult to travel before plow crews clear the roads, but others have ingenious ways of getting around.

Sam Ross and Julia Kontak took out their cross-country skis.

“We wanted to go to the Windsor area, but obviously we can’t drive anywhere, so we just drove around our neighborhood,” Kontak says.

Cuts

Although large amounts of snow are falling in some parts of the Maritimes, power outages are primarily occurring throughout Nova Scotia.

The province, until 9:50 p.m., has 63 courts and 2,295 affected customers.

In New Brunswick, six power outages affected 1,289 clients, all in Miramichi, at 9:15 p.m.

There were no reports power outages on Prince Edward Island beginning at 9:15 p.m.

Cancellations and closures

The hockey game between the Pictou County Weeks Crushers and the Valley Wildcats at the Kings Mutual Century Center in Berwick, N.S., is postponed, according to a news release from the Maritime Junior Hockey League.

They will announce when the game is rescheduled.

The Halifax Shopping Center and Mic Mac Shopping Center closed at 1 p.m. Saturday, according to their websites.

Irving Shipbuilding has canceled day and night shifts at all Irving Shipbuilding sites, according to news releases.

Someone removes ice and snow from a vehicle window in Halifax on February 3, 2024.

The University of Prince Edward Island’s men’s and women’s basketball games against Dalhousie University will go ahead, the university says in a news release. The matches are scheduled for 6 pm and 8 pm, respectively, at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Center.

Please check the UPEI Panthers social media channels for more updates, the release said.

School closures

Dalhousie University postponed a volleyball match between the King’s Blue Devils women’s volleyball team and the Dalhousie AC Rams at its Truro campus on Sunday. according to a publication in X.

Mount Saint Vincent University announced Saturday that it would be closed all day Sunday.

NSCAD University has all university campuses closed due to heavy snowfall.

San Francisco Javier University closed at 9:30 am on Saturday but essential services remain open.

The Marconi Campus of Nova Scotia Community College in Sydney, NS, It will be closed until Monday.

The university’s Metro campuses, including Ivany, IT, Aviation and Akerley, closed at 8pm on Friday and will open again on Monday.

He University of Prince Edward Island It is closed for the day due to weather.

AVC Veterinary Hospital will remain open for emergencies, the university says.

For more information, the university suggests people download the UPEI SAFE app.

With files from CTV’s Hafsa Arif.


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