From Metro Transit in Halifax:
Due winter road conditions, the snow plan is now in effect on routes 6, 18, 19, 20, 22, 51, 58, and 62.
Passengers should expect delays of 10-20 minutes on all routes.
Check back tomorrow for updates in time for the morning commute.
Halifax, South Shore, Chignecto-Central, Annapolis, Tri-County school boards all closed, plus most CSAP schools.
It's a snow day for the kids in:
Halifax Regional School Board (including Halifax Christian Academy, Our Lady Schools)
CSAP schools are closed in Halifax, Cookville and Bridgewater
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board
Annapolis Valley Regional School Board
South Shore Regional School Board
Tri-County Regional School Board
School Districts 6 and 10 are closed
School District 18 is open, but schools in Harvey and McAdam are closed.
Fredericton city middle and high schools will send students home two hours early, elementary schools will close at noon, as usual. Boiestown, Doaktown and Stanley schools are open and will send students home at regular times.
French schools in Fredericton School District 1 will remain open, but students in kindergarten and grades 1 & 2 will go home at 10:45 a.m. and grades 3-12 at 11:30 a.m.
Halifax RCMP and Halifax Regional Police want motorists to keep an eye out for kids playing in the snow today.
"Police urge motorists to be diligent and aware that the children will be out in full force playing in the fresh snow."
Parents should also tell their children to watch out for cars and plows and not to play in roadside snow banks.
"It is very difficult for the operators of these vehicles to see children playing."
Snow will begin falling again later this morning. We could see between 25-40cm in the HRM.
Halifax Metro Transit is giving a heads up to commuters that they can expect some minor delays. More updates throughout the day as the next system moves in.
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Keep an eye on the Global Maritimes blog for more cancellations.
So far only a few cancellations at Halifax Stanfield International Airport:
Air Canada 8893 Halifax to Boston at 8:35
United Airlines 7561 Halifax to Chicago at 08:45
Air Canada 0602 Toronto to Halifax at 10:15
Porter Airlines 243 Ottawa to Halifax at 10:15
Air Canada 8894 Boston to Halifax at 10:43
There are varying delays on flights to and from Toronto, Montreal, Newark, Moncton and St. John's. Double check before heading to the airport.
At St. John's International Airport only a few flights have been cancelled today:
Air Canada 690 Toronto to St. John's at 11:09
Continental 2713 St. John's to Newark at 09:00
Continental 2706 Newark to St. John's at 22:27
Almost all flights to and from Toronto and Montreal are cancelled at Saint John International Airport for today. There are one or two exceptions, so please check with your airline.
Air Canada has cancelled the evening flights to/from Toronto and Montreal (only) at the Greater Moncton International Airport.
The same goes for the Fredericton International Airport, where evening flights to Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa are called off.
Shubenacedie Sam did not see his shadow this morning. David Salter with the Department of Natural Resources says "get your Bermuda shorts out!"
Both University of New Brunswick campuses (Fredericton and Saint John) are open today, but some professors have cancelled classes due to bad weather.
For students at NBCC St. Andrews, your classes are cancelled today, but the campus is open.
Environment Canada says a massive low pressure system south ofthe Great Lakes is heading eastward and will lie south of Newfoundland by Thursday morning.
Up to 45 centimetres of snow is forecast to move into the region this morning and spread eastward throughout the day.
Ontario's Wiarton Willie and Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam are both predicting an early spring.
The two furry forecasters failed to see their shadows on Groundhog Day this morning.
Sam emerged into a special enclosure to the sound of bagpipes and the shouts of school children who had come to watch the event.
The Global Newsroom has come up with a list of some less heard snow survival tips.
Tips for your home:
- Clear snow away from furance vents. If it becomes covered, your furnace could shut down.
- Clear snow away from dryer vents. If the vent is blocked, it can cause heat and gase to build up in your home.
- Run paddle ceiling fans on low in reverse (clockwise when looking up) to circulate warm air in your home.
- To prevent frozen pipes, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors. That allows warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Also, letting cold water drip from the faucet of an exposed pipe helps prevent the pipe from freezing. You can also use a hair dryer, heat lamp, or space heater to thraw frozen pipes that haven't burst.
Tips for driving:
- Clear snow around driverside door before opening to prevent snow from falling into the car and onto your seat.
- Leave windshield wipers upright so they don't freeze.
- Check your vehicle's exhuast pipes regularly to make sure there isn't buildup of snow.
- Keep kitty litter in your car. It can help add traction if your car is stuck.
- If your car is stuck, placing car mats under the tires also help the wheels gain traction.
- Place a heavy object such as a bag of sand in the trunk of a rear-wheel drive vehicle to help increase traction.
- Pouring bleach on your tires can help with traction as well.
- Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle.
- If there is a drop in temperature of more than 15 C, check your tire pressure to make sure it hasn't dropped.
- Don’t let gas get below half tank otherwise you risk having the water vapour in gas lines freezing.
- Hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol put on a key can help de-ice the lock.
- Shaving cream apparently has many of the same ingredients that are found in commercial de-foggers so spray on inside of windows and wipe off with paper towel.
- Grocery shop in bulk. Buy enough groceries to last more than a week to avoid unnecessary trips out in the snow.
- Keep an extra pair of dry socks in the vehicle - just in case.
Service Nova Scotia announcement:
"The Registry of Motor Vehicles office in Shelburne is closed today, Feb. 2, because of weather and road conditions.
All road tests scheduled for Shelburne today are cancelled, and will be rescheduled."
More marmot meteorology: New Brunswick's newest forecaster, Oromocto Ollie, appeared at 10:00 a.m. and did not see her shadow.
A timely reminder from police forces throughout the region: with schools closed in most areas in expectation of this afternoon's storm - motorists should be extra cautious of children playing in fresh snow. Parents should also encourage their kids to avoid playing in snowbanks along roadsides. And for skiers and toboganners - a helment is a must!
Sick of winter? Hope this fun fact warms you up: There's 138 days left until summer officially starts on June 21, 2011.
One flight that's not cancelled yet is Halifax to Holguin/Havana, Cuba. Departing at 15:15, for the winter weary.
All branches of the Heritage Credit Union will close at 2 p.m.
More service closures to announce:
Access Nova Scotia, Registry of Motor Vehicles and Land Registration offices in Yarmouth, Digby, Weymouth, Liverpool and Bridgewater are closed today, Feb. 2, because of weather and road conditions.
Global Maritimes reporter Marie Adsett is out on the streets of Halifax, working on a full storm report for the evening news:
"People were still digging out from round one of two systems forceasted for Nova Scotia when round two started. A steady snowfall is causing poor visibility and greasy road conditions. Although many students are making the most of an unexpected day off by sledding at the pit in North end Halifax.
School Closures Update:
Mount Saint Vincent University will be closing Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. because of the coming storm.