Campuses close as Halifax braces for storm

Up to 40 cm of snow, 50 mm of rain forecasted

Halifax can expect a healthy dumping of snow this evening, according to Environment Canada. Photo: Emily Sollows / File

Shubenacadie Sam is a rodent that stays true to his word. On the same day he saw his own shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter, the Maritimes are bracing for a doozy of a storm.

As of 11:30 this morning, Environment Canada had issued a winter storm warning, a rainfall warning and a flash freeze warning for parts of Nova Scotia, including Halifax. The warnings call for 25 to 40 centimetres of snow which could be followed by 30 to 50 millimetres of rain overnight. The accumulation of rain could cause localized flooding, the statement warns, and freeze, causing icy and dangerous conditions on the roads.

Responding to warnings of the inclement weather, most campuses have opted to shut down for the evening. As of 3 p.m., Dalhousie, King’s, Saint Mary’s, Mount Saint Vincent, NSCAD, and the Nova Scotia Community College had all announced they would be closing at 5:30 p.m.

Nova Scotia Power has been taking to Twitter today to share power outage preparation tips. The City of Halifax has enforced its overnight parking ban.

Nova Scotians have been sharing their weather reports on Twitter using the hashtag #NSStorm.

Keep up to date on the weather by checking back to Environment Canada and make sure to check your campus’s alert centres for updates on closures and cancellations.