People in Nova Scotia are digging out after a historic multi-day snowfall slammed the province, with many schools across the province closed Monday and Cape Breton Regional Municipality under a local state of emergency.
Parts of the island had received more than 80 centimetres by Sunday evening, prompting officials to ask residents to stay off the roads.
CBRM mayor Amanda McDougall said the seven-day state of emergency gives the municipality the authority to control or prohibit travel and to authorize qualified persons to provide aid.
"So it gives us a bit of authority to go above what we're able to do regularly," said McDougall on Sunday.
CBC meteorologist Ryan Snodden said many in the province are calling to mind a February 2004 storm dubbed by locals as "White Juan," a nor'easter blizzard that dropped more than 100 centimetres of snow on some areas of Atlantic Canada — five months after Hurricane Juan caused widespread damage in the Maritimes.
"It's safe to say this is the most historic winter storm to hit Nova Scotia since White Juan in 2004," said Snodden.
He said depending on final official numbers, this may be the largest multi-day snowfall event for the Sydney area since Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, 1992, when 102 centimetres fell at Sydney Airport.
All Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education and Strait Regional Centre for Education schools and worksites are closed Monday. Halifax Regional School Board has also closed all of its schools while Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, the province's French school board, has closed some of its schools.
Many flights at Halifax Stanfield International Airport are cancelled. Marine Atlantic has also cancelled some of its crossings from North Sydney to Port aux Basques, N.L.
The following schools and school boards are closed Monday.
Halifax Regional Centre for Education
Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education
Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education
South Shore Regional Centre for Education
Strait Regional Centre for Education
Digby schools in the Tri-County Regional Centre for Education are closed. Schools in Shelbrune and Yarmouth are open.
Cape Breton Victoria Regional Centre for Education
École des Beaux-Marais
École du Carrefour
École secondaire Mosaïque
École du Grand-Portage
École secondaire du Sommet
École Mer et Monde
École acadienne de Truro
École acadienne de Pomquet
École de Torbé
Centre scolaire Étoile de l'Acadie