Workplaces and transit are affected across Nova Scotia today as a slow-moving storm meanders across the province.
Various parts of the province are under winter storm warnings, snowfall warnings, or special weather statements from Environment Canada.
The northern mainland and most of Cape Breton could get up to 80 cm of snow by Monday morning, while most of western Nova Scotia and Cumberand County could see 20 to 40 cm. Halifax County was expected to be somewhere in between.
Only the southern tip of Nova Scotia is expected to escape significant snowfall.
All our plows are out doing their best to clear the roads and highways.
This is going to be a long storm, and it will take some time to get roads back to good conditions.
If you see a plow, please give it lots of space. Poor visibility and high snowbanks can be dangerous. pic.twitter.com/a5lq5RzGIB
— Department of Public Works (@NS_PublicWorks) February 3, 2024
Halifax Transit was shutting down its ferry, bus and access-a-bus services as of 1 p.m. because of the deteriorating conditions, and many flights into and out of Halifax’s Stanfield Airport wre delayed or canceled.
Hwy 118 northbound exit to Fall River was closed min-morning due to a number of transport trucks stuck in the snow, with the closure expected to be closed for a number of hours.
High winds are also forecast for the province into Monday, causing drifting and blowing snow that can make roads impassable and affect visibility.
The province’s emergency management office was asking people to stay off the roads and avoid unnecessary travel during the storm. If travel is necessary, the office suggested checking road conditions first through 511 Nova Scotia for updates, especially if the Cobequid Pass or Canso Causeway are part of the trip.
Because snow was also expected to be wet and heavy in areas there is the risk of some power outages. As of 12:15 p.m. Nova Scotia Power was reporting 39 outages affecting 4,600 customers.