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The weather event declared for Friday, April 15, officially ended at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

This page will be updated to indicate when there is a declared weather event underway and when it has officially ended. The municipality declares a weather event to have ended once snowfall ceases in all areas of the municipality and no further precipitation is expected within the same weather system. Click on the links below for information on:

 

Clearing Operations

Municipal streets and sidewalks are cleared based on priority levels outlined in the chart below. When a weather event is declared, regular updates on clearing operations, including salting and sanding, will be shared here.

Date/Time: 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 15, 2016
Weather Event End Time: 10:30 a.m.
Status:
The Halifax region received a mix of freezing rain, ice pellets and blowing snow overnight, resulting in various amounts of accumulation depending on your location.

Crews have been focused overnight on clearing main arterial and bus routes for this morning’s commute. Crews will continue working today on all streets and sidewalks, until all areas are cleared and accessible.

We appreciate the public’s cooperation parking in areas that do not affect our plowing operations and also removing any obstructions that may be on the street or sidewalks.

Motorists are advised to use caution when travelling and drive for winter conditions. Please allow extra time to get to your destination this morning as you may experience delays due to road conditions.

 

Is the Overnight Parking Ban on tonight?

The municipal overnight winter parking ban is in effect annually from December 15 to March 31. The ban is enforced from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. during declared weather events and snow removal operations only. Daily updates on the ban's status are provided during the winter season. Residents should also be aware that tickets can be issued and vehicles can be towed any time during the day or night if they are interfering with snow-clearing operations, as per Section 139 of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act.

Status: The municipal overnight parking ban will *not* be enforced tonight. Thank you for your continued cooperation during the winter season.

 

Impact to Municipal Services

In the event that bad weather leads to cancellations, closures or delays that affect municipal facilities and services, regular updates will be shared here.

Date/Time: N/A
Status: N/A

 

When will my street/sidewalk be cleared?

Crews begin their work before bad weather arrives by applying salt and/or brine (as appropriate) and will begin clearing once the snow starts to accumulate. The chart below shows when clearing should be finished and what your street or sidewalk should look like when the job is done.

Residents should note that in snowfalls greater than 30 centimetres, or in blizzard conditions, more time may be needed to complete clearing. The same exception may apply when there are rapidly changing weather condtions, like sudden freezes after rain, wet snow packed to ice and freezing rain. Crews will continue working until all streets and sidewalks are clear and safe from snow and ice.

Once a weather event has been declared in the Halifax region, follow these steps:

  • Find the priority level for your street here.
  • Check the chart below for when clearing should be completed.
  • If your street or sidewalk has not been cleared by the indicated time, please email contact@halifax.ca or call 311 so crews can be dispatched to address the issue.

 

Street Clearing

NOTE: Exceptional weather conditions may require more time for clearing than indicated in the chart.  

Street type When clearing should be completed What clearing should look like

Main Arterials
(Priority 1)

For example: Robie Street, Sackville Street, Portland Street

10:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016
12 hours from end of weather event to full driving lanes

Bare pavement driving lanes
Bare pavement driving lanes

Transit Routes & Collector Roads
(Priority 1)

For example: Parkland, Caledonia Rd, Metropolitan Ave

10:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016
12 hours from end of weather event to 3 metres centreline bare

3 metres centreline bare
3m centerline bare

Residential Streets with greater than 10% slope that serve as snow routes for Halifax Transit
(Priority 1)

For example: Vestry Street, Joffre Street, Lindsay Hill

10:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016
12 hours from end of weather event to centre line bare and 2 lane width

Centreline bare
Centreline Bare

Residential Streets
(Priority 2)

For example: Cork Street, Anderson Street, Chandler Drive

4:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016
6 hours from end of weather event to cut-through lane width

Cut-through
cut through

10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016
24 hours from end of weather event to 2 lane widths

Snow-covered, passable
Snow covered passable

Gravel Roads and Private Lanes
(Priority 2)

 

10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016
24 hours from end of weather event to snow-covered, passable state

Snow-covered, passable
Snow covered passable

 

Sidewalk Clearing

Sidewalk type When clearing should be completed What clearing should look like
Downtown Halifax & Dartmouth
(Priority 1)

10:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016
12 hours from end of weather event

Before
Snow covered sidewalk

After
cleared sidewalk

Main Arterials
(Priority 1)

 

10:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016
12 hours from end of weather event

See above

School Drop Off Zones and Transit Routes
(Priority 2)

4:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016
18 hours from end of weather event

See above

Residential Streets/ Walkways
(Priority 3)

10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016
36 hours from end of weather event

See above
Intersections/ Bus Stops

10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 17, 2016
48 hours from end of weather event

 

 

Exceptional Weather Conditions

Streets and sidewalks are prioritized based on a number of criteria, including how often they’re used by commuters, access to important infrastructure like hospitals and schools, and whether they’re on major bus and transportation routes. Those priority levels and the timelines assigned to each are outlined in the charts above.

Residents should note that in snowfalls greater than 30 centimetres, or in blizzard conditions, more time may be needed to complete clearing. The same exception may apply when there are rapidly changing weather condtions, like sudden freezes after rain, wet snow packed to ice and freezing rain. Crews will continue working until all streets and sidewalks are clear and safe from snow and ice.

 

When should I call 311?

Residents are reminded that if they contact 311, whether electronically or by phone, about snow or ice removal during a weather event or while we are still within the timelines identified in the chart above, their concern will be recorded but not dispatched, as it’s expected crews will get to all areas as they’re able.

Residents are encouraged to report any issues once the timelines have expired. They can call 311 or email contact@halifax.ca. This will help reduce contact volume and ensure that residents trying to reach 311 with urgent issues aside from snow are able to get through to an agent in a timely fashion.

Weather/Road Conditions

Environment Canada - Nova Scotia Weather Warnings
Nova Scotia Highway Cameras
The Weather Network - Warnings & Public Alerts
The Weather Network - 7-Day Forecast for Halifax

Emergency Services

Nova Scotia 911 Service
Nova Scoitia Emergency Management Office (EMO) 
Halifax Regional Police Services
Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency