Winter Storm

Winter storms or extreme cold can occur suddenly and last for multiple days.

Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion.

Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds.


  • Listen to local news and weather reports for information on changing weather conditions  
  • Insulate walls and attics; install storm windows or cover windows with plastic
  • Make sure you have shovels and snow removal equipment handy
  • Have an alternative heat source, such as a fireplace, wood burning stove, or a generator, so you are able to keep one room in your home warm and livable.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on-hand and make sure your family knows how to use them.
  • Talk with your family about what you would do during a winter weather-related emergency, at home or in the car. 
  • Prepare your vehicle for winter weather and create an emergency kit for your vehicle. Keep the gas tank full. Always check local weather conditions before heading out on the road. 
  • Install snow fences in rural areas to reduce drifting snow on roads and paths, which could block access to homes, barns, and animals’ feed and water. 
  • Be prepared for secondary hazards such as power outage and flooding once snow melts.


  • When a severe storm is expected, Environment Canada will issue a weather warning through the Weather Office website 
  • During the storm, avoid going outside or unnecessary travel.
  • If you have to go outside, dress appropriately, and watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.  
  • Use the “buddy” system if you can - bring someone outside with you. 
  • Bring companion animals indoors. Create a place where other animals can be comfortable in severe winter weather. 
  • Do not overexert yourself or work outside for extended periods of time. 
  • if you are trapped or injured call 911!!


  • Continue to take precautions and listen to and follow directions from local authorities. 
  • Avoid travelling if possible and listen to local news and weather reports for current road and weather conditions. 
  • Be aware of the wind chill. Avoid unnecessary exposure of any part of the body to the cold. 
  • If you have to go outside, dress appropriately, and watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. 
  • Be careful when clearing snow. Take your time and avoid overexertion. Take regular breaks to warm up and rest if needed.
Snowstorm Plow


What is the difference between a winter storm warning and a winter storm watch?

  • A Winter Storm Warning means a severe winter storm is already occurring or will occur soon in your area. Evacuate if advised to do so.
  • A Winter Storm Watch means a winter storm is possible in your area. Stay alert for more information.

How can I stay informed?

  • Stay up to date on storm warnings and risks through Environment Canada.
  • Stay alert by following storm warnings and weather forecasts through Public Weather Alerts Canada.
  • Stay informed by following us on social media @hfxgov @hfxmoments , listening to the radio and local news channels. 
  • The municipality will issue a public service announcement to all local media outlets and will share the information through its social media channels.
  • Register for hfxALERT

How can I stay safe? 

  • Have your emergency kit ready. Be prepared for power outages.
  • Carbon monoxide kills: NEVER use a generator, BBQ, propane inside an enclosed area. 
  • Follow official instructions during snow removal and clean up.
  • Follow the fire safety tips 

How long are winter storms?

  • They can last a few hours or several days 

When will my power be back?

  • Check out the outage map, or contact NSP outage line (1-877-428-6004)