Blizzard whips through Halifax

Most people staying in as highly anticipated snowstorm hits Nova Scotia

Cars and pedestrians were scarce on the streets of Halifax today as high winds, freezing rain and blowing snow hit the city.

Haligonians took the RCMP’s advice to stay off the roads. Halifax’s typically busy downtown was almost completely deserted this morning, with mostly buses and snowplows driving through.

Despite the high winds, both the Alderney ferry and the Woodside ferry are running today. Halifax Transit drivers said the roads were messy, but the buses have been getting around the city. Earlier this morning, Halifax Transit buses were not travelling on Duke Street, but travel has since resumed.

Some local bars are capitalizing on the snow day. Maxwell’s Plum offers discounts on their 80-ounce Molson Canadian beer on snow days. They expect to be busy with students today, as all Halifax universities are closed.