Alerts

14 February 2024

  • Provincial roads are completely or partially covered.

  • There’s also poor visibility in Cape Breton, Antigonish and Guysborough.

  • Please avoid traveling. If you do have to drive, give our plows plenty of space to clear the snow.

  • For the latest road conditions, call 511 or visit 511.novascotia.ca

  • Generators and fuel appliances should always be used and stored outdoors. If used indoors they can cause life threatening carbon monoxide poisoning. In power outages please use flashlight or battery lanterns. Candles should only be used on a solid base or in a holder and should be lit with supervision.

  • Check on all exterior vents during and after heavy snowfalls. Clear snow away from the vent’s opening if it builds up to ensure proper venting and avoid any carbon monoxide accumulation.

  • For everyone's safety, please do not walk on the road while snow removal is underway, play on snowbanks or build tunnels near the road as snow plow drivers and other motorists may not be able to see.

  • In addition to exit doors, now is a good time to remove extra snow that has built up and focus on widening walkways and entrances to homes and businesses. This helps in the event of an emergency and for those needing extra space to move around. Taking the time to remove the extra snow now will help make snow removal easier later in the week.

  • Delayed opening at some provincial government offices. Read the news release for more details about which offices are affected.

12 February 2024

  • Please remember to call 511 or visit 511.novascotia.ca for the latest road conditions before heading out.

  • Generators and fuel appliances should always be used and stored outdoors. If used indoors they can cause life threatening carbon monoxide poisoning. In power outages please use flashlight or battery lanterns. Candles should only be used on a solid base or in a holder and should be lit with supervision.

  • Check smoke alarm batteries before the storm arrives to be sure they will operate properly during a power outage.

  • Check on all exterior vents during and after heavy snowfalls. Clear snow away from the vent’s opening if it builds up to ensure proper venting and avoid any carbon monoxide accumulation.

  • For everyone's safety, please do not walk on the road while snow removal is underway, play on snowbanks or build tunnels near the road as snow plow drivers and other motorists may not be able to see.

  • In addition to exit doors, now is a good time to remove extra snow that has built up and focus on widening walkways and entrances to homes and businesses. This helps in the event of an emergency and for those needing extra space to move around. Taking the time to remove the extra snow now will help make snow removal easier later in the week.

11 February 2024

  • Residents in areas that are still recovering from the storm, please remember to call 511 or visit 511.novascotia.ca for the latest road conditions before heading out.

  • Residents and business owners, check propane storage tanks, piping, lines and any other equipment that may be exposed to falling or heavy snow and ice. There have been several reports of equipment and lines being damaged by falling snow and ice, or snow clearing. If people have concerns, they should contact their fuel provider. Only a certified technician is allowed to work on equipment and tanks and people should not try to do it themselves.

  • Residents are encouraged, where possible, to ensure your chimney and appliance vents are clear.

10 February 2024

  • Residents of CBRM and Eskasoni are asked to follow their local states of emergency. Please stay off the roads. Avoid unnecessary travel.

  • The Office of the Fire Marshal is urging residents and business owners to check propane storage tanks, piping, lines and any other equipment that may be exposed to falling or heavy snow and ice. There have been several reports of equipment and lines being damaged by falling snow and ice, or snow clearing. If people have concerns they should contact their fuel provider. Only a certified technician is allowed to work on equipment and tanks and people should not try to do it themselves.

  • People are also reminded that even during these challenging times, all exit doors must be free of ice and snow at all times. This especially important for any facilities with residents who may have unique needs. The Office of the Fire Marshall reminds all bars, restaurants and businesses that all exits must be cleared before opening for a safe exit in case of emergency.

  • People are also reminded that in extreme circumstances, extremely heavy snow loads can be a danger and should be safely cleared from roofs when possible.

9 February 2024

  • Nova Scotia Public Works crews reopened the last road blocked by last weekend’s snowstorm. All provincial roads are now open to at least one lane. Crews will spend the next week, or so, widening roads and removing snow.

  • Storm closures at some Provincial Government offices: read the news release for more details about which offices are affected.

8 February 2024

  • Cape Breton: Residents of CBRM and Eskasoni are asked to follow their local states of emergency. Please stay off the roads. Avoid unnecessary travel. Our snow plow operators are making progress. All provincial roads should be open in the next day or so. We will continue to work around the clock using dozens of extra pieces of equipment from other areas to get the job done. All highways, routes and trunks are open to at least one lane. Call 511 or visit 511.novascotia.ca for the latest road conditions.

  • Mainland: Additional equipment from PEI, New Brunswick and other parts of Nova Scotia is helping to clear local roads in Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester and Cumberland. We should have all open in the next day or so. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Call 511 or visit 511.novascotia.ca for the latest road conditions.

  • Storm closures, delayed opening at some Provincial Government offices: read the news release for more details about which offices are affected.

7 February 2024

  • Cape Breton: Residents of CBRM and Eskasoni are asked to follow their local states of emergency. Please stay off the roads. Avoid unnecessary travel. We continue to work around the clock using dozens of extra pieces of equipment from other areas. The focus is now on local roads. All highways, routes and trunks are open to at least one lane.

  • Mainland: We have additional equipment from PEI, New Brunswick and other parts of Nova Scotia working to clear local roads in Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester and Cumberland. We hope to have most roads open by the end of the week. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

  • Provincial government offices in Cape Breton Regional Municipality and Victoria County will be closed today, February 7, because of the ongoing storm cleanup.

  • All other provincial offices will be open regular hours unless there is a local issue such as a power outage. Nova Scotians planning to visit an office are advised to check that it is open before leaving home. Read the news release for more information.

6 February 2024

  • Mainland:

    • About 400 provincial and contracted pieces of equipment are working to remove snow. More than 1,000 people are working around the clock including operators, mechanics, crewpersons and supervisors.
    • 100 series highways are open across the province. Most trunk roads also open. Call 511 or visit 511.novascotia.ca for the latest road conditions. Also, give yourself plenty of travel time, and leave space for snowplows.
  • Cape Breton:

    • Residents of CBRM and Eskasoni are encouraged to follow their local states of emergency. Please stay off the roads. Avoid unnecessary travel. The province’s snowplow operators continue to work hard to clear the roads. There is a lot of work to do. We hope to have most roads open by the end of the week. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
    • More equipment is going to Cape Breton, Pictou and Guysborough from New Brunswick and the federal government, and extra equipment from the Western District.
  • Provincial Government offices in Inverness and Victoria counties and Cape Breton Regional Municipality remain closed today. Offices in Antigonish, Guysborough and Richmond counties will have a delayed opening. Read the news release for more details about the closures and delays.

5 February 2024

  • Cape Breton:

    • Residents of CBRM are encouraged to follow the local state of emergency. Please stay off the roads. Avoid unnecessary travel.
    • The province’s snowplows continue to work to clear the roads. We are moving available equipment to CBRM. It is a top priority.
  • Mainland:

    • Road conditions continue to improve across mainland Nova Scotia, but many roads are still partially or completely snow covered.
    • Call 511 or visit 511.novascotia.ca for the latest road conditions.
    • Also, give yourself plenty of travel time, and leave space for snow plows.
  • Storm closures, delayed opening at some Provincial Government offices: read the news release for more details about which offices are affected.

4 February 2024

  • NSEMO has activated the Provincial Coordination Centre and is working closely with municipalities, other government and critical infrastructure partners in response to this winter storm event.

  • For everyone's safety, please do not walk on the road while snow removal is underway, play on snowbanks or build tunnels near the road as snow plow drivers and other motorists may not be able to see.

  • Check all exterior vents. Clear snow away from the vent’s opening if it builds up to ensure proper venting and avoid any carbon monoxide accumulation.

  • Across the province, our roads continue to be partially covered, or completely covered, with poor visibility. Our plows are working around the clock, but this is a big storm. As conditions improve in certain areas, we will move our heavy equipment to places where the need is greatest.

  • Weather warnings continue across the province. Plow operators are doing their best to clear the roads in challenging conditions. Please avoid unnecessary travel to allow crews to do their work safely.

3 February 2024

  • All our plows are out doing their best to clear the roads and highways.
    This is going to be a long storm, and it will take some time to get roads back to good conditions.
    If you see a plow, please give it lots of space. Poor visibility and high snowbanks can be dangerous.

  • Roads are partially covered, or completely covered, with poor visibility across the province. Please do not travel, unless absolutely necessary.

2 February 2024