Iqaluit shuts down as blizzard sweeps in
City tells people to stay off roads as winds to hit 90km/h; warning covers Baffin communities and parts of Nunavik
Iqaluit has its first blizzard of the season, which is being felt across Baffin Island and on the Ungava coast of Nunavik.
The City of Iqaluit announced early Friday morning that all city services, including water delivery, waste management and snow removal are suspended under further notice.
The city also advised people to stay off the roads.
“If you are not currently home, we highly recommend you go home and remain there until the severe weather conditions end,” a news release from the city says.
Residents on trucked services should also reduce their water consumption and delay doing laundry or using dishwashers.
Emergency services will still be available, but there may be delays.
According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, Iqaluit was under a blizzard warning as of about 4 a.m. Friday morning.
Other Baffin communities are feeling the effects of the storm. Kimmirut is under a winter storm warning, while there is a wind warning in Pangnirtung, and Qikiqtarjuaq is under a snowfall warning.
The federal government’s weather service also issued a blizzard warning for the Ungava coast in Nunavik. It predicted high winds in Aupaluk, Kangiqsualujjuaq, Kangiqsujuaq, Kangirsuk, Quaqtaq and Tasiujaq.
In Iqaluit, wind gusts of up to 90 km/h hour are likely with total snowfall from the storm predicted to be in the 15 to 25 centimetre range.
The blizzard warning is expected to end Friday evening, with both snow and wind easing.
Government of Nunavut offices and grocery stores are also closed as of Friday morning.
Flights in and out of Iqaluit have also been cancelled for the morning.
For updates on services, residents can call the city’s blizzard line: 867-979-5300.