Canada's east coast is being hit by a monster snowstorm on Friday with strong winds and plenty of snow coming to the area, report forecasters.
Environment Canada says the worst is yet to come, with another 10 to 20 centimetres of snow expected Friday across Nova Scotia mixed with strong winds and causing whiteout conditions.
"It’s going to be a very light, icy, fluffy snow blowing around quite a bit. That’s why visibility is going to be a huge concern throughout the day on Friday," said CBC meteorologist Kalin Mitchell.
In Halifax, streets are slick from heavy snow that fell overnight and icy temperatures that feel like -25 C with the wind. The storm has also forced city buses to pause service and police to stay off the roads unless responding to an emergency call.
Metro Transit is in what's called an "operational pause" with all its buses right now. Buses pulled over and in wait-and-see mode.— Metro Transit (@hfxtransit) January 3, 2014
— Natasha Pace (@NatashaPace) January 3, 2014
The storm has also causes closures at malls and shops (yes, even liquor stores) in Halifax. The Halifax Stanfield International Airport is reporting a number of delays and cancellations. A high-volume of internet traffic also forced the airport's website to scale back service.
1PM UPDATE: Stores that are still open in Cape Breton, Central and Northern NS will close their doors at 3pm today.— NSLC (@theNSLC) January 3, 2014
Huge traffic demands mean http://t.co/wDoilJITLX just showing Arr/Dep info. Back to full site when traffic subsides. Thnx for yr patience.— Halifax Airport (@HfxStanfield) January 3, 2014
In short, it's really, really bad out there as this joke Twitter account points out:
More social media reactions to the storm:
With files from the Canadian Press