Highway 101 turns into skating rink as cars crash into one another
HANTSPORT, N.S. - Highway 101 heading to the Annapolis Valley is being described as a skating rink by a first responder who watched vehicles slide into one another this morning.
Highway cautions and closures as of 1:30 p.m Dec. 16.
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HALIFAX, N.S. – A third snowy weather system in five days slowed Nova Scotia drivers and businesses to a standstill.
Environment Canada’s warnings of snow squalls and extreme low temperatures for Dec. 16 translated into a blizzard-like day in most areas.
Through the morning, there were road closures on most of the province’s major highways.
Highway 101 was not a hospitable place for motorists Dec. 16.
In the Annapolis Valley, Highway 101 was closed from Mount Uniacke to Kingston for several hours due to road conditions and accidents.
“The road, from what we could tell from Hantsport to Wolfville/Grand Pre, can literally be described as a skating rink. It's completely ice covered, with blowing and drifting snow,” Hantsport fire Chief Paul Maynard told TC Media.
Check highway closures on the map.
There were also closures on the 102 between Halifax and Truro. Colchester RCMP say 10 vehicles were involved in a collision in the southbound lanes of Highway 102 near Fort Ellis, closing the highway between exits 11 and 12. Near Shubenacadie, a stuck tractor trailer closed the northbound lanes.
As of 1:30 p.m., the 102 had reopened, but the 101 was still closed between Windsor and Coldbrook. The 104 was closed between Port Hawkesbury and St. Peter’s.
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The highway closure in Cape Breton is in the area where a fatal crash took place in Evanston just after 6 a.m. Richmond County RCMP say a 52-year-old woman died in the collision.
Bad weather led to a 16-vehicle accident later in the morning in Leitches Creek, Cape Breton, closing Highway 125.
RELATED: Multi-vehicle accident in CBRM
As of 1 p.m., there were 124 power outages scattered around the province, affecting more than 9,000 Nova Scotia Power customers.
Check the Nova Scotia Power outages map.
Earlier in the morning, school boards cancelled classes for the day – all except Halifax Regional School Board - as did a number of Nova Scotia Community College campuses.
Provincial government offices were closed or scheduled to close early in several communities and citizens are encouraged to call ahead before venturing out.
Wise advice for anybody going anywhere for the rest of the day until conditions improve.