Maritimes get another blast of winter, with heavy snow, power outages, cancellations


A powerful storm brought heavy, blowing snow to much of the Maritimes on Saturday, causing treacherous driving conditions, flight cancellations and power outages.

Snow was piling up and causing problems for drivers in Charlottetown by midday Saturday, near University Avenue and Malpeque Road. (Tony Davis/CBC)

A powerful storm brought heavy, blowing snow to much of the Maritimes on Saturday, causing treacherous driving conditions, flight cancellations and power outages.

Drivers were urged to avoid travel amid blizzard-like conditions, and many roads and highways — including the border between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick — were closed to traffic.

A flurry of closures and cancellations were announced across Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, including flights, ferries, public transit, universities, libraries, COVID-19 clinics and businesses. Flights, ferries and public transit were also delayed or cancelled due to weather.

The weather prompted WestJet to halt its flights in the region until Sunday.

Parts of New Brunswick remained under winter storm warnings early Sunday morning.

Double-digit snowfalls expected

A plow clears snow on Robie Street in Halifax on Saturday. CBC meteorologist Tina Simpkin said residents of mainland Nova Scotia could expect 10 to 25 centimetres to fall. (Gareth Hampshire/CBC)

CBC meteorologist Tina Simpkin said residents of mainland Nova Scotia could expect 10 to 25 centimetres of snow to fall, along with 10 to 20 millimetres of rain along the coast on Saturday.

The storm and its snow prompted the cancellation of more than a dozen flights to and from Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Travellers were advised to check the status of their flights.

#NSStorm is causing many cancellations. Our Winter Operations team is working hard to keep the runway clear.

Confirm your flight status with your airline or at before coming to the airport.


Across the province, a series of power outages were reported Saturday. As of early Sunday morning, Nova Scotia Power’s outage map showed around 8,000 customers without power.

The Halifax Regional Municipality told residents cleanup from the storm could take longer than usual due to “resourcing challenges” as a result of COVID-19.

The city says its workforce has been impacted by employee exposures, provincially mandated self-isolation and testing requirements. 

A man is seen trying to clear snow from a Halifax driveway on Saturday. (Kelly Clark/The Canadian Press)

In neighbouring New Brunswick, snowfall totals of 20 to 40 centimetres were forecast for southern regions of the province, slightly more than the 15 to 25 centimetres forecast for northern regions.

Storm-related outages were reported there as well, with NB Power’s website indicating early Sunday morning that nearly 500 customers remained without power, down from more than 2,500 customers around 7 p.m.

The snow was starting to make life harder for drivers in New Brunswick on Saturday morning — but the storm was just getting ramped up and conditions were deteriorating as the day continued. (Mark Crosby/CBC)

For Prince Edward Island, Environment Canada predicted totals of between 30 and 40 centimetres across the province.

The Confederation Bridge closed to traffic starting in the mid-afternoon because of the weather conditions, and remained so as of the evening.

Flights to and from Charlottetown airport were cancelled.

Preview from U.S.

A powerful nor’easter swept the Northeastern U.S on Saturday, putting parts of 10 states under blizzard warnings along the way.

The Associated Press reported that “the worst” of that storm was expected to blow into Canada by Sunday morning.

George Garcia, of Stony Brook, N.Y., shovels out the driveway of his home on Saturday, following snowfall delivered by a powerful nor’easter that affected 10 U.S. states. The Associated Press reported that ‘the worst’ of that storm was expected to blow by Sunday morning into Canada. (John Paraskevas/Newsday/The Associated Press)

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