|Jim Stanley shovels out his driveway on Wellington Street in Amherst on Saturday afternoon. Up to 30 centimetres of snow was dumped on the Maritimes during a fierce storm that included snow, rain and freezing rain. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News|
AMHERST - Any Christmas presents used to clear snow were put to good use on the weekend as more than two feet of snow fell throughout the county.
Thanks to two weather systems making their way through the province, residents in Cumberland County were left to dig out, sometimes more than once.
The weather and road conditions caused the Amherst Centre Mall to close mid-afternoon Saturday.
The Amherst junior A Ramblers' home hockey game against Bridgewater was also cancelled Saturday night. A road trip to Pictou County was postponed Sunday. The Cumberland County junior B Blues' home game against Glace Bay was also called off Sunday.
Up to 30 centimetres of snow was dumped on much of the region. According to Environment Canada, 27.3 millimetres of precipitation fell Saturday in Amherst, which included rain and freezing rain.
Environment Canada meteorologist Louis Allard didn't have any numbers for the Nappan weather station as of suppertime Saturday, but did say that residents expected to see another 10 to 15 centimetres overnight.
Two to four centimetres of wet snow was forecast Sunday, with wind gusts diminishing late in the day.
"The good news is that with the snow turning to rain and the plus-two (Celsius) temperatures early in the morning, you won't see much blowing snow," said Allard.
Other cancellations throughout the county included minor hockey and card games, as well as mass in River Hebert.
Parts of Amherst were without power Saturday night.
Environment Canada is calling for sunny periods and a 70 per cent chance of flurries or showers today with the temperature steady at 1 C.