Some facts on the weather in Atlantic Canada


HALIFAX – Some facts and figures on the harsh winter conditions across Atlantic Canada after another storm hit parts of the region on Wednesday:


At Halifax’s airport, this winter season’s total snowfall by mid-morning on Wednesday stood at 270 centimetres, but that was still below last year’s total of 287.5 centimetres. The seasonal record at the airport is 475 centimetres, recorded in 1971.


As of Monday, Saint John, N.B., had recorded 432 centimetres of snow this season, breaking the record of 427 centimetres set in 1963.


Officials in Saint John lifted a state of emergency in an area of the city on Feb. 9 after six days. The state of emergency allowed for parking bans as work crews cleared snow-choked streets. More than 7,500 truckloads of snow were removed from the city’s southern peninsula. Halifax was among the hardest hit areas in Wednesday’s storm, but the city says a state of emergency wasn’t necessary because it has enough capability to do storm cleanup.


The latest storm hit Nova Scotia particularly hard with the city of Halifax bracing for more than 50 centimetres. The snow closed universities, colleges and all government offices in Nova Scotia. Numerous flights at Halifax’s airport were cancelled or delayed. Municipalities cancelled public transport, and police in Halifax and Cape Breton asked people to stay off the roads to allow snowplow drivers to do their jobs. Schools were also closed in southeastern New Brunswick and in parts of central and western Newfoundland.


“Here in Nova Scotia we’re not breaking records in terms of the overall snowfall, it’s just that it seems to have a bigger impact because we’re not getting any melting of that snow,” said Tracey Talbot of Environment Canada.