Published on : Thursday, February 16, 2017
From Monday to Tuesday, a blizzard brought 30 to 80 centimetres of snow to the region.
Winds in excess of 100 km/h worsened the storm’s impact, leaving thousands temporarily without power. Another powerful low-pressure system bringing heavy snow and strong winds has made its way to the Maritimes less than two days after a record-setting nor’easter.
Businesses, schools and other services have shut down as Maritimers choose to hunker down or face poor travel conditions on their way to work.
The current system began Wednesday night and is expected to continue into Thursday afternoon. Environment Canada says it will move northeast across the region and will track west of Cape Breton.
The snow is expected to taper to flurries by the afternoon or evening. North winds will still have gusts of between 50 to 80 km/h.
A winter storm is dumping more snow across the Maritimes on Thursday. Residents in New Brunswick, P.E.I. (pictured) and Nova Scotia are being advised to stay home. (Kevin Yarr/CBC)
Environment Canada says hazardous conditions are expected. Snow will accumulate fast in some areas, hindering travel and visibility.
Nova Scotia Power spokeswoman Beverley Ware says crews are stationed across the province. The number of customers without electricity fluctuated Thursday.
Nova Scotia’s Transportation department says plowing is underway in Halifax, Queens County, Lunenburg County, and Cape Breton County.
Travel not recommended
Saint John and Moncton transit services have been pulled due to road conditions. Visibility is also reduced, including on the Trans-Canada Highway between Longs Creek and Moncton.
Marine Atlantic cancelled its Thursday crossings, the Tancook Island ferry has been suspended and the Halifax airport had a handful of delays and cancellations.
Halifax Transit is running, but several routes are on the snow plan.
Cpl. Jennifer Clarke of Nova Scotia RCMP said there was a two-vehicle collision on Highway 103 near Exit 5A, and also several collisions on Highway102 inbound between Exits 2 and 4.
While not as powerful as Monday’s blizzard, Thursday’s snowfall will add to its remnants. Snowbanks, in excess of several metres in some areas, have narrowed roads and buried sidewalks.
On Tuesday, a statement posted to the Halifax website said that it could take up to two weeks to clear the sidewalks.
Environment Canada has also issued a winter storm warning for southern, central and eastern New Brunswick and a special weather statement for the rest of the province.
All of P.E.I. is under a winter storm warning. This storm is their eighth in four days.
Environment Canada has issued a special statement warning about ice rafting — large pieces of sea ice forced past the shoreline.
The weather agency is calling for total snowfall amounts of 15 to 30 centimetres.
By 10 a.m., freezing rain had begun to fall in Halifax, worsening road conditions.