Storm deals glancing blow

Raissa Tetanish
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Storm deals glancing blow

AMHERST - Mother Nature's storm came and went without leaving as much snow behind as many had expected.

Wednesday's snowstorm cancelled classes throughout the county and into New Brunswick after an overnight snowfall started.

A meteorologist with Environment Canada's weather one-on-one service said the weather station in Nappan was recording about 17 centimetres of precipitation.

With the snow stopping for the most part by mid-afternoon Wednesday, the meteorologist said most of the big accumulation had already reached the ground.

"It looks like it's going to be off-and-on flurries over the next couple of days," he said.

Both the Cumberland District RCMP and the Amherst Police Department had a quiet day when it came to weather-related motor vehicle incidents.

The Amherst force responded to two calls - one at 10 a.m. involving two vehicles, and one at 11:15 a.m. involving a vehicle and snow plow.

Neither incident resulted in serious injuries or damage.

One concern the Amherst Department has, however, is motorists not complying with the Town of Amherst's winter parking regulations.

There are two parts to the regulations. One prohibits motorists from parking on the street overnight between 12 and 7 a.m. the following day, from Nov. 15, 2009, to April 15, 2010.

"But the second part is the one where we've had problems," said Amherst's Staff Sgt. Scott White.

"I don't think people realize that when the parking regulations are in effect, there is no time limit during the day if the plows are out. That's the biggest problem because the staff at Public Works have to plow around those parked vehicles and it makes the road a mess."

White said the police detachment is investigating three vehicles from Wednesday in that respect. Public Works staff can also call the detachment when they come across a vehicle hindering their snow removal, and the police can try to contact the owner for a quick removal.

Any vehicles found in violation of the regulations may be ticketed and/or towed, at the owner's expense.

The inclement weather not only shut down area schools, but some government services as well.

The Town of Amherst kept town hall closed for the day. Service Canada also closed and the Parent Information Program facilitators meeting at the Amherst Justice Centre was cancelled.

Other cancellations included the Amherst Skating Club's CanSkate and PowerSkate programs, Spartans Swim Club, and some church services.

Other business or organization closures included the Amherst Centre Mall, Scotiabank and RBC, the Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County and the Canadian Red Cross's Amherst branch.

Organizations: Amherst Department, Environment Canada, Cumberland District RCMP Public Works Service Canada Amherst Justice Centre Amherst Skating Club Spartans Swim Club Scotiabank RBC Sexual Health Centre Canadian Red Cross

Geographic location: AMHERST, New Brunswick, Cumberland County

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