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Punishing winter blast shuts down the city

A vengeful Mother Nature punished Halifax with more snow, ice pellets and freezing rain.

A vengeful Mother Nature punished Halifax with more snow, ice pellets and freezing rain.

In response, Halifax decided to collectively call it a day. Most offices, libraries, law courts and even coffee shops had shut down by mid-afternoon. That left many Haligonians searching for shelter.

“We must be some kind of refuge for people. They don’t want to stay home and just sit around at the house. They don’t have anywhere else to go,” said Alex Wilson, an employee at Steve-O-Reno’s coffee shop, which saw brisk business despite the weather.

“You never know if it’s going to be rain or snow. Once in a while we get these big heapings of snow. You’ve just got to roll with the punches.”

Those hoping to flee from the melee of precipitation were faced with defeat. Nearly all flights out of Halifax were cancelled. Airport spokesman Peter Spurway said crews were working hard to clear the runways for today, but you’ll have to keep your fingers crossed.

“We’ll do everything we can do. But you do reach a certain point where safety issues take over,” he said.

On the bright side, most people had the sense to stay off of the perilous roads. Police responded to “a handful” of accidents, according to Halifax Regional Police Const. Jeff Carr, none of them were serious.

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