Snow blasts Amherst area

Darrell Cole
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Blizzard warning remains in effect

Dennis Mill of Church Street in Amherst shovels snow on Sunday morning. A blizzard warning remains in effect for Cumberland County.

AMHERST – For the second time in three days Amherst and area residents are digging out.

A blizzard warning remains in effect for Cumberland County as the last major snowstorm of 2012 rolls through the area.

"It's not a very nice day to be out," Tony Hum said as he blew snow from his Willow Street home on Sunday morning. "Quite a bit of snow."

Snow started later than forecast, but fell heavily in just a few hours. While snowfall totals will likely fall short of the 40 centimetres expected, it's quite likely that at least 20 will fall before the storm moves off sometime tonight.

"It's pretty hard snow to move," Dennis Mill said as he shovelled snow from his driveway on Church Street. "It's in big chunks and it's tough to lift. You have to take a lot of breaks."

The storm is still south of Halifax and is expected to move over eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton later in the day. In other parts of the province, along the Eastern Shore and Halifax, most of the precipitation fell as rain.

Environment Canada is still forecasting another five to 10 centimetres of snow today with strong northerly winds expected to cause blowing and drifting snow.

Motorists are reminded to exercise extreme caution when out on the roads today.

No major accidents or collisions have been reported.

The storm comes just days after 15 centimetres of the white stuff and rain fell on the area. That messy weather, combined with a dip in temperatures caused numerous traffic collisions across the county.

There were a number of cancellations including most church services. Ski Wentworth did not open Sunday due to white out conditions and high winds, while restrictions were expected to be placed on the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island.

Both the Tantramar Marsh and Cobequid Pass remained open.

Close to 1,500 customers in the Parrsboro area were without power on Sunday. The outage was caused by weather conditions. Nova Scotia Power expects the lights to be back on by about 6:30 p.m. tonight.


Organizations: Environment Canada, Nova Scotia Power

Geographic location: Amherst, Halifax, Cumberland County Willow Street Church Street Eastern Nova Scotia Cape Breton Eastern Shore Prince Edward Island Parrsboro

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