Parking ban to be enforced as city preps for deep freeze

Halifax Regional Muncipality is getting ready as the weather outside is about to get frightful.

HRM will be enforcing the winter parking ban overnight from 1 to 6 a.m., saying  crews need to properly push snow back curb to curb and treat the full width of roads with salt and sand in preparation for the coming frigid temperatures.

They also warn vehicles can be ticketed or towed at any time under the province’s Motor Vehicle Act if they are blocking snow clearning efforts.

The municipality says crews will be focusing on areas near hospitals, schools, bus routes and on streets that have been problems for emergency vehicles.

Officers will also ticket any vehicles they find obstructing sidewalk clearing, including those hanging out of driveways or  parked on sidewalks.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning of a significant risk of frost bite Thursday night and into Friday morning.

They say cold air and strong winds are on the way, which will cause the temperatures to plummet.

NEWS 95.7 weather specialist John Wilson is expecting an overnight low of minus 17 with wind chills of minus 29.

Halifax is also expecting some flurries so blowing snow could be an issue in some areas.

 

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Halifax Regional School Board says all schools will be closed today, school board offices will remain open

CSAP has also called off classes in the regions of Dartmouth, Halifax, the South Shore, Greenwood, Clare and Argyle

Halifax Christian Academy’s Armdale campus is also closed today

Sandy Lake Academy will be closed today

South Shore Regional School Board says due to current road conditions and impending weather forecast, they’re cancelling classes today

UPDATE: The Annapolis Valley Regional School Board has now closed schools all schools, earlier they had said schools in the West Hants-area would stay open

Tri County Regional School Board has closed schools in Digby and Yarmouth counties

Strait Regional School Board will be dismissing students at St. Mary’s Education Centre/ Academy and Fanning Ed Centre/Canso Academy at noon

NSCC’s Pictou Campus has a delayed opening of 11:00 a.m. due to water main break

SERVICES

ISANS’ EAL classes are cancelled today but their offices are open for regular working hours

Annapolis County’s municipal offices will delay opening until at least 10 a.m. The CAO will re-evaluate at 9 a.m.

Chebucto Family Centre will be closed today

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