City of Iqaluit suspends services due to blizzard

Federal government estimates city will get five to 10 cm of snow Monday

Environment and Climate Change Canada estimates Iqaluit will get five to 10 centimetres of snow on Monday. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

The City of Iqaluit won’t be delivering water, clearing snow or picking up garbage Monday and city facilities like the Aquatic Centre will be closed to the public, due to severe weather conditions.

It will still provide emergency services unless it is “unsafe and/or impossible” to do so though delays are possible, spokesperson Aleksey Cameron said in a news release.

The city is advising residents to stay off the roads due to high winds and poor visibility, and those on trucked water services should reduce their water usage.

“If you are not currently home, we highly recommend you go home and remain there until the severe weather conditions end,” Cameron said.

As of early Monday afternoon, the temperature in Iqaluit was -14 C, with a wind chill of -28 C, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada.

It is estimated the city will get five to 10 centimetres of snow, with winds gusting up to 70 km/h in the afternoon.

The poor weather is expected to clear by the late evening, according to Environment Canada’s forecast.

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(2) Comments:

  1. Posted by Iqaluit res on

    I really like Nunatsiaq a lot. I’m asking you to please stop publishing articles about the city of Iqaluit closing due to weather. Especially the weather today, which, when it’s over will amount to less than half a day of bad weather. It’s not news, even in Iqaluit. Not a big deal at all. Anyone living in Iqaluit already knows by the time you post the article, and the rest of the north doesn’t care.

  2. Posted by Northern Inuit on

    the weather punches harder than your Mayor.


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