HALIFAX – Monday is the official first day of spring, but if you asked someone in Halifax, they might not believe you.
A freezing rain warning has been re-issued by Environment Canada as more ice build-up threatens the municipality.
From the warning: “Freezing rain is expected to ease off [Monday] morning over central Nova Scotia and later this afternoon over eastern regions of the province. As the low continues to track northeastward the freezing rain will redevelop over eastern mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton overnight and is forecast to persist into Tuesday afternoon.”
The new threat comes as the area was hit by another blast of winter weather overnight Sunday into Monday, with snow, freezing rain and rain making for treacherous conditions on the roads.
“After snow and freezing rain overnight, it’s going to be a sloppy entry to spring,” said NEWS 95.7 weather specialist John Wilson. “To the north about 15 cm will be the snowfall total, we had at least 6 cm and freezing rain on top of that.”
The weather forcing delays and cancellations as well.
-All schools in the Halifax Regional School Board are closed. Offices will delay opening until 10:00 a.m.
-Sandy Lake Academy is closed.
-Local C-SAP schools will not open today.
-NSCC’s Metro campuses will delay opening until 10:30 a.m.
-NSCC Shelburne, Burridge & Digby Campuses closed until 9 a.m., classes at 9:30 a.m. Cape Breton Campuses (Marconi & Strait) are closed. NSCC Truro will open at 10:30 a.m. Pictou closed.
-Schools are closed in the Chignecto Central, Annapolis Valley, Strait, South Shore, Cape Breton – Victoria and Tri-County Regional boards.
-St. FX will delay opening until noon.
-Cape Breton University campus will remain closed today, all afternoon and evening classes are cancelled.
GOVERNMENT AND SERVICES
-Halifax Regional Municipality will delay the opening of the majority of its recreation facilities until 8:30 a.m., with an update expected by 7:00 a.m. Call ahead as HRM says some cancellations are likely.
-U.S. Consulate in Halifax will delay opening until 10:00 a.m.
-A number of early morning flights are cancelled at Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Call ahead or check online before heading out.