A snow storm is wreaking complete havoc in Halifax
People in Nova Scotia are dealing with a particularly terrible snowstorm that is wreaking havoc throughout the province, causing widespread power outages, airport runway closures, and scary road conditions.
The snow is due to back-to-back winter storms making their way over throughout the Atlantic region, bringing precipitation that's turned to wet heavy snow which has now blanketed Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Complete gridlock on streets throughout Halifax. Expect long delays during your commute home. @CTVAtlantic #snow pic.twitter.com/NX1NrSkBYT— Cory McGraw (@McgrawCory) November 28, 2019
Environment Canada released a special weather statement about yesterdays's snowfall, which predicted up to 10 centimetres of snow in inland areas and over higher terrain.
Hoping everyone got home safely in today’s traffic - the snow sure did look pretty falling earlier today at Dal all the same #dalsweetdal #snow #halifax @DalhousieU @DalScience @DalhousieChem pic.twitter.com/7xTQ6dCrdQ— First-Year Chem@Dal (@ConceptsChemDal) November 29, 2019
A snow squall warning was issued for part of the region early Friday morning by Environment Canada.
Environment Canada has issued a Snow Squall WARNING for the following counties:— Nova Scotia Weather Service (@novascotiawx) November 29, 2019
Inverness County - Mabou and North
Inverness County - south of Mabou
Over 25,000 people lost power yesterday as a result of the storm, according to Nova Scotia Power. As of Friday morning, over 7,000 people are still without power throughout the province.
Many vehicles had reportedly spun off the road near the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
@CBCHfxTraffic this was 102 inbound from airport at 4:30 pm...it’s 5:40 and I am not yet to Sackville; at a crawl and multiple vehicles off road pic.twitter.com/Yj6I0B9Ywy— Mary Lou Robertson (@ml_robertson) November 28, 2019
RCMP issued a warning early in the day on Thursday, writing, "Weather is impacting road conditions across the province. Roads may be slippery or wet so please adjust your speeds and drive carefully.
Here's what we're seeing on Highway 102 near the airport in #Halifax. Reduce your speeds and maintain a good amount of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. pic.twitter.com/qJcqMhjND5— RCMP, Nova Scotia (@RCMPNS) November 28, 2019
The conditions were textbook definition of a whiteout. One Twitter user posted a video showing that windshield wipers even had a hard time keeping up with the wet snow.
#nsstorm halifax inbound help pic.twitter.com/d6HzYlKWrn— c (@chweyeol) November 28, 2019
In some areas, traffic lights stopped working, making things even more treacherous for drivers.
Cars off the road, power outages throughout Lwr Sackville. Many intersections on Sackville Dr are stop&go; without working lights. Traffic at a standstill. Power is out at Superstore. @CBCHfxTraffic @hfxtraffic @weathernetwork #NSStorm pic.twitter.com/uv5ObVoMIl— Geordie Brown (@geordbrown) November 28, 2019
Snow plows even had a hard time getting around. One reportedly spun out in Fall River.
Isn’t it pretty. Fall River, NS. pic.twitter.com/WpcJcZ4JJf— Jeremy Cowan (@JeremyCowanRE) November 28, 2019
Weather like this usually comes later in the year, so it's no surprise that some people just simply weren't prepared for it.
Wow. It took 3 hours for my Dad to drive from Truro to the airport! Many cars abandoned on the side of the highway from running out of gas. Way to be prepared #NovaScotia #Halifax 😒 #NSStorm #WinterIsHere— 📖 Ryan Raventhal 📼 (@Raventhal) November 29, 2019
One Twitter user wrote that the storm serves as a lesson to have an emergency kit for the car, equipped with blankets, water, and a flashlight.
#NSStorm well this has shown us we need emergency kits with water snacks and blankets for cars. Flashlights an stuff to eat you dont have to cook for the house. It's a start.— Sue (@ADHD123SUE) November 29, 2019
After all, this is only the start of the most snowy time of the year.
Just so I’ve got this straight: a rainstorm turned into a blizzard that dumped about 12-15cm of snow in 2-3hrs, causing power outages, multiple accidents on the highways, & the YHZ runways to be closed for 6hrs.— Dr. Julia M. Wright #commitcuriosity (@JuliaMWrightDal) November 29, 2019
Y’all, what will we do when it’s actually winter? #NSStorm
Hopefully the people of Nova Scotia will be able to dig themselves out over the weekend, weather permitting. So far Environment Canada is predicting more flurries across Nova Scotia on Friday, with a mix of sun and cloud on the weekend.
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