PHOTOS: Record-setting snowstorm drops 100+ cm of snow on Nova Scotia

It was a weekend that brought 100+ cm of snow to parts of Nova Scotia. A hefty cleanup is now underway

An epic, multi-day snowfall event has set records across Nova Scotia, with some residents now digging out of 100+ cm of snow.

"This was an unusual, stalling low-pressure system that sat off the coast of Nova Scotia for days, bringing the highest snowfall totals ever seen for some in the Maritimes," says Matt Grinter a meteorologist at The Weather Network.


This system developed on Friday and continued to drop heavy snow through early Monday morning. Sydney, N.S., had both its largest two- and three-day snowfall events on record, with 95 cm reported as of Monday afternoon local time. The data goes back to the late 1800s.

At the Halifax airport, 84 cm was reported as of Monday afternoon, but with existing snow already on the ground pre-storm, the region has set a record for the most snow on the ground ever, with a whopping 96 cm.

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Cape Breton Regional Municipality declared a local state of emergency for the next seven days due to the overwhelming amount of snow. There have also been widespread school closures across Nova Scotia for Monday.

While the worst of the heavy snow is now done across the Maritimes, this is a cleanup effort that will likely take several days.

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Below is a selection of visuals of the prolonged storm circulating on social media.

WATCH: Check out the massive snow drifts in Nova Scotia after weekend storm

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Halifax, N.S. (Nathan Coleman)

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Sydney, N.S. (Mary Dunn)

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Bridgewater, N.S. (Frank Bailey)

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Eastern Passage, N.S. (Nathan Coleman)

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Eastern Passage, N.S. (Nathan Coleman)