Halifax braces for winter storm

No cancellations, closures reported for post-secondary institutions yet

It doesn’t look much like winter in this photo, taken Jan. 26 at the University of King’s College. Photo: Andrea Gunn

Students in Halifax have been graced with an unseasonably mild and snow-free winter this year, but that’s expected to change.

Environment Canada issued a blizzard warning at 11:30 a.m. Monday calling for heavy snow of 15 to 30 centimetres developing on Tuesday morning, winds up to 90 km/h and “near zero visibility” in blowing snow throughout the day.

“A developing low pressure system over the U.S. seaboard today will intensify into a large storm as it moves slowly northeastward toward the Maritimes tonight and Tuesday,” the release reads.

In parts of Nova Scotia, the snow will mix with or change to ice pellets in the afternoon. If the storm materializes, it will be the region’s first major snowfall of the year.

Nova Scotia’s favourite amateur meteorologist Frankie MacDonald made sure to give his thousands of followers the scoop on the impending storm on Sunday.

Though no Halifax universities have reported early cancellations yet, some have taken to social media to give their students a heads up.

The forecasted blizzard is the same storm system that is causing panic in the eastern U.S. as some areas brace for up to 60 cm of snow. Thousands of flights have already been cancelled.

Many U.S. institutions in the areas to be hardest hit by the storm have suspended operations in anticipation.

In a blizzard warning, the U.S. Weather Service called the storm “crippling and potentially historic,” warning that travelling could be life-threatening.