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Bus and ferry service to resume on Sunday

By Steve MacArthur Feb 3, 2024 | 6:56 PM

A heavyweight snow storm is making roads impassable and grounding flights to a halt in Halifax.

Halifax Transit took its buses off the roads on Saturday, but the city is tentatively planning to return service (including ferry trips) at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

For the latest updates on transit service, follow @hfxtransit on X.


Heavy snow is expected to continue until Monday and the city is providing regular updates on impacts to services.

In total, 30 to 60 cm of snow is expected for the Halifax and Truro regions.

Parts of Antigonish, Guysborough, Richmond and Inverness counties will see ranges totalling 60 to 80 cm of snow.

Sections of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and northern parts of the island could get dumped with about 80 to 100 cm by Monday afternoon.

The storm forced bars, restaurants and even some groceries stores to close early.

Snowfall warnings continue while blowing snow advisories are now in place in Halifax for Sunday into Monday with winds gusting to 80 km/h.

Halifax Stanfield and highway closures 

The arrivals and departures board at the Halifax airport is painted in red with delays and cancellations due to the storm.

“Our airline partners have delayed or cancelled most of the flights scheduled. Passengers who are expecting to fly Saturday or Sunday are advised to check with their airline directly on the status of their flight.”

Highway 102 between exit 8A (Elmsdale) and exit 10 (Shubenacadie) is not passable in both directions. RCMP suggest Highway 2 as an alternate route.

Highway 102 (northbound Lantz) Exit 8A off ramp is closed to traffic due to several stuck vehicles blocking the ramp and impeding snow clearing operations

Route 212 between Oldham Road and Grove Road in Goffs is closed due to heavy drifting.

For updates on road conditions and to view highway cameras head to 511.

Overnight winter parking ban

Police are reminding vehicle owners to move their ride off the road so they do not impede the ongoing snow removal efforts.

With additional snow forecasted, crews are working around the clock to clear roadways.

The overnight winter parking ban will continue to be in place on Sunday, February 4 from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

College and University Closures

NSCC Metro Campuses (Ivany, Aviation, IT and Akerley) will be closed until 6 am Monday, February 5.

Rec Facilities

Many municipal recreation facilities will delay opening on Sunday, February 4.

A decision will be made at 10 a.m. (with potential re-opening at noon) regarding whether rentals, facilities and programming activities will continue as scheduled.

Solid Waste

Trash collection will return to its normal cycle on Monday, February 5 – but it is weather depending.

The city is asking you take back any waste you have placed curbside so as not to interfere with snow clearing operations.

Collection limits will be relaxed for Monday, February 12 for the missed collection day.

For the most up-to-date information, visit our website or download the Halifax Recycles app.

Support for those experiencing homelessness

The province funds the operation of emergency shelters in the municipality, which are run by various service providers:

Halifax | 2029 North Park Street

Dartmouth | 197-199 Windmill Road

Lower Sackville (Beacon House Shelter) | 125 Metropolitan Avenue

Multi-Purpose Centre of the Halifax Forum | 6210 Young Street

The emergency shelter at the Multi-Purpose Centre of the Halifax Forum has increased its capacity. Capacity at other shelters will be reassessed over the weekend.

The Halifax Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) team is conducting wellness checks over the weekend to assess the safety of anyone who chooses not to leave an outdoor sheltering location.

GSAR is also offering transportation for those sleeping rough to emergency shelters during this weather event.