Morning commute could prove treacherous

Dave Mathieson
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Lingering ice in Springhill should melt Wednesday

For many people living in Springhill, the thick coat of ice that continues to hang from trees and bushes is beautiful, but where some see beauty others see a hazard that has broken trees and damaged vehicles. Environment Canada says the ice should melt on Wednesday. 

AMHERST – Driving could be treacherous for drivers travelling to work Wednesday morning.

“In Amherst it looks like the precipitation will start between 7 and 8 a.m.,” said Environment Canada’s Bob Robichaud on Tuesday. “Whenever you have rain starting off at that time of day it can be tricky for people travelling to work.”

Making conditions more hazardous, Robichaud says there’s a risk the precipitation will start off as freezing rain.

“We’re not expecting a lot of freezing rain but it could last a couple of hours,” he said.  “Whenever there’s a couple hours of freezing rain there’s a strong likelihood the ice will start to build up on the road."

The rain will end in the afternoon but not before 10 to 15 millimetres fall to the ground.

Lows are expected to reach -12 C overnight on Tuesday but could get up to 5 C on Wednesday.

Ice still hangs from trees and power lines in Springhill, and more freezing rain is a concern, but Robichaud said the coating of ice should melt away as temperatures rise.

“We have a high of 2 C for tomorrow but you might see a couple of degrees higher than that, especially if the winds pick up,” said Robichaud. “Hopefully the wind will hold off long enough for the ice to start melting from trees and power lines, specifically in the Springhill.”


Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Springhill, AMHERST

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