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Havoc on the roads as winter roars again

Oh snow, not again!

Oh snow, not again!

Mother Nature showed this week she’s not quite done with winter, dumping nine centimetres of the white stuff on Halifax overnight Monday.

That was following an already wet day, with Environment Canada reporting 22.5 millimetres of rain falling over Halifax Stanfield International Airport throughout the day.

The greasy weather closed schools across Halifax regional school board, bringing the number of snow days this year up to 7.5 for most students, although those are higher for some rural schools, spokesman Doug Hadley said.

He said the number of days schools have closed in 2008-09 are the highest since the year 2003-04, the year that included both Hurricane Juan and White Juan, when there were nine such days across the board.

Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Jeff Carr said officers responded to about 30 collisions across Halifax Regional Municipality between 7 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. Tuesday, including two serious crashes on the Bedford Highway.

The first occurred just after 7:30 p.m., when a 53-year-old man drove his truck too fast on the ramp leading to Joseph Howe Drive and crashed head-on into another vehicle. The 27-year-old woman in the other car sustained a broken rib, but her 2 1/2-year-old child wasn’t hurt, he said.

Police gave the truck driver a ticket for careless driving.

The second serious collision happened at about 1:43 a.m. when a snow-plow driver struck a power pole to avoid another vehicle.

 
 
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