It’s expected that snow will continue to fall in parts of Nova Scotia until Monday afternoon after a winter storm moved into the region Sunday night.
Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for Guysborough, Pictou, Antigonish, Richmond and Cape Breton counties.
“Gusty northeast winds accompanying the snow may cause reduced visibility at times in blowing snow over exposed areas,” the warning reads.
“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas.”
Environment Canada says 15 to 20 centimetres is expected as the snow continues.
All schools across the province are closed.
Marine Atlantic has cancelled its 11:45 a.m. North Sydney, N.S., to Port aux Basques, N.L., crossing as well as its 11:45 a.m. Port aux Basques to North Sydney crossing.
Bay Ferries has cancelled its 9 a.m. Saint John, N.B., departure as well as its 4 p.m. Digby, N.S., departure.
The Tancook Ferry will be suspending service at 1:30 p.m.
Kings Transit Authority in the Annapolis Valley closed all its routes just before noon.
Several Halifax Transit routes went on a snow plan around noon.
Several flights are cancelled at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
As of 1 p.m., there were 16 active outages affecting 116 Nova Scotia Power customers.
Canada Post has issued a red delivery service alert Monday for Cape Breton, Dartmouth and Halifax due to the weather.
The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) says curbside collection is cancelled due to the weather. Recovery collection will take place on Saturday.
Many municipal recreation facilities are delaying opening.
The HRM says the overnight winter parking ban will continue to be enforced in both Zone 1 – Central and Zone 2 – Non-Central, from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.
Frances Corbin, with cane in hand and walking through the streets of Halifax, said she was doing OK as she trudged through 15 cm of snow Monday morning.
“Fairly good, I’m slow but I’m making it,” said Corbin, who on days like Monday, pushes forward and takes it slow and steady, step-by-step. “Because I have severe arthritis.”
Alex Mann was feeling a tad more limber. Mann runs in all types of weather and did not let the storm interrupt his routine.
“It’s been all right,” said Mann, who stopped his run to speak with CTV News. “Someone has already beaten down the snow a little bit, so it’s not so bad.”
Mitch Lalovic spent the morning shoveling, wearing shorts.
Mitch Lalovic is pictured shoveling snow in Halifax on Jan. 29, 2024. (Paul Hollingsworth/CTV Atlantic)
“I don’t know why I do it,” said Lalovic. “I’m probably burning more heat than the average human and I like wearing shorts.”
Which begs the question: isn’t he cold?
Meanwhile, Allan Robertson fired up his snow blower, but he quickly ran into some bad luck.
“It’s hard to do, it’s right on the border,” said Robertson, who shut down his snow-clearing efforts because the type of snow was too much for this machine. “It’s too wet.”
The theme of the day for many was to endure the storm and wait patiently for better weather ahead.
“I hope so too, for my sake, because I have to go through surgery,” said Corbin. “And I don’t think I’ll be going out in anything like this.”
At least not until the sidewalks are better cleared — which may take a while in some neighbourhoods.