Blizzard shuts down Iqaluit Friday morning

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Houses barely visible in the distance as a blizzard shuts down Iqaluit Dec. 17. ( Jackie McKay/CBC News - image credit)
Houses barely visible in the distance as a blizzard shuts down Iqaluit Dec. 17. ( Jackie McKay/CBC News - image credit)

Iqaluit's first blizzard of the winter season shut down stores, schools and suspended city services Friday morning.

Environment Canada ended it's blizzard warning for the Nunavut capital at 10:29 a.m. ET. Wind gusts are expected to reach 70 kilometres per hour Friday, and up to 15 centimetres of snow was expected as the temperature hovers around the freezing mark.

More snow is forecasted for Friday night through Saturday.

"If you are not currently home, we highly recommend you go home and remain there until the severe weather conditions end," the city said in a news release.

Water delivery, waste management, garbage and snow removal have been put on hold until further notice, and households on trucked services are being asked to reduce their water consumption.

Aqsarniit Middle School, Inuksuk HIgh School, Joamie Ilinniarvik School, Nakasuk Elementary School and École des Trois-Soleils were shut down for the day.

By the afternoon, NorthMart had reopened.

Canadian North is warning customers of the possibility of flight cancellations. It says flights to Iqaluit, Kimmirut, Kinngait and Rankin Inlet may be affected over the next few days, and is asking passengers to regularly check their email for any updates on their flight status.

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