Traffic Advisory for Pictou County, NS:
A section of Highway 104 at Exit 25 previously closed because of a truck blocking the road has re-opened to traffic.
The snow is continuing to cause delays for bus riders, but Metro Transit has a snow plan in place for routes 6, 22, 61, 62 and 68. What does that mean?
Route 6 Out / Inbound:
(No service to Stonehaven)
From Joseph Howe Dr, circle the Armdale roundabout and return to Mumford and regular routing
Route 22 to Mumford:
(No service on Fenwood Rd, Stonehaven or Kelly Dr.)
From Walter Havill Drive, (r) onto Osborne St, (r) North West Arm Dr, (l) onto Albert Walker Dr, (r) onto
St Margaret’s Bay Rd, continue down St Margaret’s Bay Rd back to normal routing
Route 22 to Exhibition Park:
(No service on Fenwood Rd, Stonehaven or Kelly Dr.)
Continue up St Margaret’s Bay Rd, (l)Albert Walker Dr, (r) North West Arm Dr, (l) Osborne Dr, (l) Walter
Havill Dr, and back to normal routing
Route 61 Outbound:
(No service to North Preston)
Main St, (l)Lake Major Rd, turn left into St. John Memorial Church Hall Parking lot Route 62 Outbound:
(No service into Manor Park)
From Hawthorne (l) Prince Albert, (r) Highway 111, (r) Portland St to Penhorn Terminal and regular
Route 66 Out / Inbound:
(No service to Gaston Rd)
Short turn at Penhorn Terminal
Route 68 Out / Inbound:
(No service to Taranaki, Karen Dr, Montague into Cherry Brook)
From Forrest Hills Parkway,(r)Main Street,(l) Cherry Brook Rd, (l) into Black Cultural Centre parking lot,
(r) Main St, Forest Hills Parkway and regular routing
Most snowfall warnings have ended except for: PEI, Moncton, Cape Breton, as well as Cumberland and Colchester counties.
As of 20:44, NB Power had 14 homes without power in the Oromocto area. Meanwhile 833 customers in Bridgewater continue to have no electricity.
Air travellers can expect more cancellations in the morning. Halifax International Airport Authority has already posted 16 departures and arrivals for early tomorrow. This affects those heading to Newfoundland.
Some flights to and from the US are scheduled to resume, including New York, Chicago and Philadelphia.
The snow is no longer falling, but plows are still trying to clear it. Plows have been out on all Priority 1 (P1) streets and 85 per cent of Priority 2 (P2) streets, in Halifax. HRM warns drivers that even though plows have passed through most areas, many roads remains snow covered and slippery. Clean up will continue into the evening.
Due to heavy accumulations, the HRM says snow removal from sidewalks in P1areas will not be complete within the planned 12-hour service standard.
Yesterday's snowfall may not have been the biggest on record, but it was heavy enough for plows to leave high banks at the end of driveways. The combination of snow and freezing rain is a perfect mix for injuries if you're trying to get your car out in a hurry. Take your time and follow some of these tips:
# Listen to weather forecasts so you can rise early and have time to shovel before work; rushing the job can lead to injury.
# Wear layers of clothing to keep your muscles warm and flexible.
# Do some stretching before you grab the shovel.
# For big jobs, use a motorized snow blower. If you shovel by hand, use a lightweight, ergonomically designed shovel to reduce back strain.
# When you do shovel, push the snow straight ahead. Don't try to throw it; walk it to the snow bank. Avoid sudden twisting and turning motions.
# Bend your knees to lift when shoveling. Let the muscles of your legs and arms do the work, not your back.
# Take frequent rest breaks to take the strain off your muscles. A fatigued body asks for injury.
# Stop if you feel chest pain, or get excessively tired or have shortness of breath. You may need immediate professional care.
# If you feel sore after shoveling, apply an ice bag to the affected area for 20 minutes, then take it off for a couple of hours. Repeat a couple of times each day over the next day or two.
Bending and twisting when tossing a shovel of heavy snow can aggravate lower back discs, according to the MCA. In addition, the overall physical exertion required for snow shoveling, without proper conditioning, often results in painful injuries.
SOURCE Minnesota Chiropractic Association
Mayya Assouad from the Global Maritimes Fredericton bureau just got back from the scene of a seven-care pile-up outside of the city. This is what she has to say:
"Seven vehicles (5 cars, a tractor trailer and a tow truck) were involved in an accident at around 8am on the trans Canada highway from Fredericton to Oromocto.
The roads were slippery. Minor injuries, no one was taken to hospital."
Check back for video later in the day.
Much of Atlantic Canada is looking at a couple of days of cleanup after a massive winter storm buried parts of the region under a heavy blanket of snow.
Some areas got as much as 45 centimetres as a massive low pressure system that hit Ontario earlier Wednesday swept eastward.
"It's pretty much a blanket of 30 to 40 centimetres," said Jeremy March, a forecaster with Environment Canada. "There may be some lingering flurries, but we'll get into some sunshine later on."
March said the fact the system moved through so quickly came as a bit of a blessing.
"We had about 15 centimetres of snow come down in a two to three hour period yesterday afternoon. Had the system moved slower we'd have been looking at much higher amounts."
The Halifax area was among the hardest hit and work crews estimated it would take a couple of days to truck tonnes of snow from the city's core.
The quick-moving storm was centred just east of Sable Island on Thursday morning bringing snow and wind to Newfoundland's Avalon peninsula.
In Nova Scotia some schools were closed for a second day and the departure board at Halifax Stanfield International was still showing a lot of red as airlines waited for conditions to improve before resuming flights.
Power was out for about 2,000 residents in the New Glasgow, N.S., area as utility crews worked to track the source of the problem.
In P.E.I. snow-covered roads were blamed for a school bus crash that sent some students to hospital with minor injuries after the driver swerved to avoid a skidding car and slid into a ditch.
RCMP said the students had all been treated and released.
March said forecasters were watching another system that has the potential to bring more snow and rain to the region on the weekend.
"Right now it's just a weak little low that's down in the Gulf of Mexico but it will eventually track up the eastern seaboard," he said.
"There are a lot of factors that will come into play before we can really tell where this one will go."
Nova Scotia Power, as of 9:30 a.m., was still trying to restore power to more than 3000 customers in New Glasgow and Pictou county. The utility reports that the cause of the outage was "damage to (its) overhead utilities.
Students at Memorial University can head back to class this afternoon. The school will re-open at 1 p.m.
Once again, we remind you to take care while clearing snow from your properties: A report has just come of an individual in the south-end of Halifax suffering a cardiac arrest while shovelling.
Just checked in with Cst. Brian Palmeter, of the Halifax Regional Police:
He says drivers heeded yesterdays warnings and stayed off the roads last night and let the plows do their job. The HRP has dealt with 10 accidents since last night.
An earlier online report about a plow striking a pedestrian has been cleared up, Palmeter says. A privately-owned plow bumped a pedestrian, but the woman was not injured and carried on her way.
Like Halifax, garbage pick-up in East Hants is not happening today. Homeowners that had a scheduled pick-up for today can put trash and recycling out on Saturday, Feb. 5.
East coasters didn't necessarily expect another "White Juan", but there certainly were comparisons before the storm moved in. Here is how Wednesday's storm in Nova Scotia measured up:
Halifax 35cm yesterday/88.5 cm during White Juan
Halifax Stanfield International Airport 28cm/66.8cm
According to Environment Canada, yesterday's highest accumulation of snow in mainland Nova Scotia was in Lower Sackville, where 38cm fell by the time both storms moved through.
Snow removal update from the HRM: Most areas in the city are clear, but crews will continue their work this evening, removing snow from sidewalks and bus stops. If you live in or will be driving through downtown Dartmouth after 11 p.m., Alderney Dr. will be closed for snow removal (between Ochterloney and Portland) for six hours.
If you survived this blast of stormy weather, consider actually surviving in winter.
When the water is too cold for boating, the Nova Scotia SeaSchool offers teenagers a chance to survive five days in the wilderness. This week’s snow storms will make it all the more exciting.
“We can build snow shelters, do some snowshoeing. It’s great to work those skills into the program.” says Phoebe Owen, with the SeaSchool. “It’s about trying to make the wilderness accessible to folks in the winter and get people outside.”
Teens won’t need to have any experience or gear to participate and can expect to learn how to find food, track animals and build fires to keep warm.
Youth who want to try their hand at braving the winter elements can visit www.seaschool.org.