Drive with care, police urge

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This may sound like a skipping CD but the Pictou County region continues to be under a winter storm warning and police are urging motorists and pedestrians should walk/drive with caution.

All schools in the Chignecto Central Regional School Board will be closed today, February 16,   due to road and weather conditions. This includes the counties of Cumberland, Colchester and Pictou, as well as the Municipality of East Hants. Offices and work sites in in the Municipality of East Hants and the counties of Pictou and Colchester will delay opening by two hours.

New Glasgow Regional Police officers reported at 6:40 a.m. that streets, roads and sidewalks continue to be snow covered and slippery. In addition, some areas are experiencing blowing snow conditions causing reduced visibility. Freezing rain has also been reported in some areas.

Provincial government offices in Pictou County as well as in Yarmouth, Shelburne, Digby, Lunenburg, Queens, Kings, Annapolis, Colchester, Cumberland and Antigonish counties will delay opening until 10 a.m.

If you have to travel today, plan ahead, check weather conditions, cancellations, delayed openings, and drive to the conditions. Some sidewalks are not plowed and pedestrians that need to travel should also walk with extreme caution.

Motorists are also asked to travel with extreme caution due to high snowbanks.

Parents and guardians are also asked to make sure children are not playing at near streets and roads in snowbanks.

Residents are also advised that the winter parking ban will be enforced during the night and early mornings from 1 to 7 a.m. to allow Public Works crews to properly clear the streets and sidewalks throughout the towns. Vehicles must also be off streets under section 139 of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act where tickets can be issued and vehicles can be towed any time, day or night, if vehicles are parked in a way that interferes with snow clearing. It is critical that vehicles are removed from streets and sidewalk areas during the snow storm to allow crews to safely maintain priority streets and emergency routes.

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