As large amounts of snow continue to hit parts of the Maritimes due to Sunday’s sluggish weather system, some schools have closed for Monday, and the list of closures and cancellations grows.
Snowfall warnings remain in effect Sunday for parts of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, with some parts expected to see an additional 30 to 50 centimeters of snow.
Environment Canada An additional 15 to 25 centimeters of snow is forecast for central Nova Scotia. That area also has a snow advisory, which warns of strong winds that blow snow and cause poor visibility.
The Regional Municipality of Halifax as well as the Halifax Regional Police They are asking people to avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary, as blackout conditions occur in some areas.
“(It’s) dangerous for people to be on the roads and our crews are having a hard time keeping up, obviously, because they’ve been working 24/7, but the storm hasn’t calmed down and hasn’t stopped at all,” says Erica Fleck, Halifax’s director of emergency management.
“They don’t even fit on the streets because of the number of cars parked on both sides of the streets. So if they can’t, then they’re going to have to backtrack and go back the way they came and not even get to that street,” Fleck says.
Northern areas of Nova Scotia are expected to see 15 to 25 centimeters of snow continuing into Monday, before tapering off to flurries throughout the day. Environment Canada warns that conditions will deteriorate later on Sunday and that visibility may be reduced to near zero during times of heavy snow.
Eastern Nova Scotia is expected to see the worst, as Environment Canada says the area will see between 30 and 50 centimeters of snow, continuing into Monday. Conditions are also expected to deteriorate further throughout Sunday, as winds and snowfall will intensify and visibility will be reduced.
“There are people who haven’t been able to get out, and they may not be able to physically get out and move the snow, and like I said, the snow is more than halfway up my patio door and you can’t just push it open like that.” said CBRM Mayor Amanda MacDougall.
“We’ve never seen this much snow in a short period of time, and I think that’s really problematic and that’s what we’re dealing with here. It was so fast and furious and unfortunately it didn’t end,” Macdougall added.
The Cape Breton Regional Municipality has declared a local state of emergency urging residents to stay off the roads while crews work to clear the roads.
Cape Breton Police are asking people to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary as they say they have received multiple calls of vehicles stuck on roads blocking snow removal and access for emergency vehicles.
Winter storm warnings have also been issued for Kings and Queens counties in PEI, which are expected to see an additional 15 to 35 centimeters. The heaviest amounts of snowfall are expected in that region in eastern PEI, where up to 35 centimeters may fall. Parts of Queens County may only see 15 centimeters by Monday morning.
Halifax Transit Services suspended until 12:00 p.m., including buses, ferries and Access-A-Bus.
The parking ban in Halifax will also continue throughout Sunday as crews work to clear snow, and will continue overnight into Monday.
Transit services in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality were also canceled throughout Sunday due to the weather, and will also be canceled on Monday.
He Rosa Fundy The ferry has changed departure times for Monday due to weather, with the new departure from Saint John at 11:30 a.m. and Digby at 3 p.m.
Several flights at Halifax’s Stanfield International Airport were also canceled or delayed, leaving many travelers frustrated.
“I knew I wouldn’t be able to drive until today, so I drove yesterday to get to a morning flight that was cancelled, so now I’m leaving tomorrow afternoon at 5 pm,” says Elizabeth Mcguane, who was hoping to fly from the airport on Sunday.
A group of missionaries who were due to leave for a humanitarian trip to Cuba on Sunday morning also faced delays to their flights, saying there have been no updates on when they will depart.
“We are waiting to leave. “It was a full plane and we’re still waiting, and it’s not the first airline to take off, so why can’t we fly?” says Ron Reid, who was part of the group.
Power outages have occurred across the region, with the majority in Nova Scotia.
Starting at 8 pm on Sunday, Nova Scotia Energy reports 137 active outages, around 5,747 customers without electricity.
power note reports 1 outage affecting about 105 customers at 8 pm, most of whom are in Miramichi, which would likely not be a result of the storm.
In PEI, Maritime Electric reports 74 customers without power as of 8 pm Sunday.
Closures and cancellations
The by-election for District 19 in PEI scheduled for Monday may be postponed if conditions do not improve by Monday morning.
Irving Shipbuilding also closed all day and late shifts for the day, with updates on the return shift coming later Sunday evening.
Sunday’s game between Grand Falls Rapids and the Pictou Country Weeks Crushers at the Pictou County Wellness Center has been postponed due to weather.
Sunday’s game between Amherst Ramblers and Truro Bearcats at Rath Eastlink Community Center has also been postponed until 7pm Tuesday due to weather.
All HRCE Schools will also be closed on Monday to allow for cleaning. All three Edward Jost Children’s Center locations will also be closed on Monday.
Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax is closed on Sunday and all campus activities for the day are cancelled.
NSCAD University It has also decided to keep all campuses closed on Sunday.
Saint Francis Xavier It will also be closed on Sunday.
NSCC has closed several campuses, including the Institute of Technology, Ivany Campus, Aviation Institute and Marconi Campus until Monday. The Pictou Campus has been closed until Tuesday.
All Cape Breton University The location will be closed on Sunday.
He University of Prince Edward Island has been closed on Sunday due to weather, but the AVC Veterinary Teaching Hospital will remain open for emergencies.
With files from CTV’s Hafsa Arif and Jesse Thomas.