White-out conditions, cold temperatures

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AMHERST – Cumberland County has not been hit with the same amount of snowfall in other areas in the province but high winds and icy road conditions are making for treacherous driving.

Cumberland County has not been hit with the same amount of snowfall in other areas in the province but high winds and icy road conditions are making for treacherous driving.

Amherst EHS and firefighters were at the scene of a Highway 104 accident between the border community and the Springhill connector this morning while slick road conditions made for uneasy driving on Highway 2.

A blowing snow warning issued for the region by Environment Canada cautioned motorists poor visibility is expected throughout the day.

A low pressure system currently south of Nova Scotia will intensify as it approaches the province today. This system will bring snow, near-zero visibilities in blowing snow, and cold wind chill values which together will give potentially dangerous winter conditions to the entire province.

Additional snowfall amounts of 10 to 20 centimetres are expected across the province with the heaviest snowfall amounts over Southwestern Nova Scotia – the Annapolis Valley – and most of the Atlantic coast.

The snow combined with strong northeast winds and very cold temperatures will give ideal conditions for extensive blowing and drifting snow with frequent whiteout conditions across the entire province.

The very cold airmass over the region will continue to give cold wind chill values below minus 25 across the entire province today and tonight.

Furthermore, higher than normal water levels are expected along the Atlantic and Fundy coastlines of Nova Scotia during high tide today. Heavy pounding surf is expected along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia this afternoon and evening.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Annapolis Valley, Atlantic

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