04/16/2015 03:31 EDT | Updated 06/29/2015 07:31 EDT

Tough Nova Scotia winter balloons snow clearing budget to $80 million: minister

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's transportation minister says the province's snow clearing costs for this year are about $80 million, $23 million more than originally budgeted.

Geoff MacLellan says the extra money will have to be found through appropriation in his department.

The province spent $70 million to clear snow last year.