More snow for Amherst expected

Darrell Cole
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Another 20 cm forecast for overnight

Amherst is digging out from one snowstorm as a second one takes aim at the area overnight tonight.

Amherst is digging out from one snowstorm as a second one takes aim at the area overnight tonight. A Snowfall Advisory was put in place Wednesday afternoon for overnight and early Thursday with up to 20 cm of snow expected.

AMHERST – More snow is on the way tonight as Cumberland County is set to receive up to another 20 cm of the white stuff from the second system in as many days.

A Snowfall Advisory is in effect for Cumberland North with a low pressure system set to approach Nova Scotia from Cape Cod and pass along the Atlantic coast of the province.

“If the track is consistent with what we’re expecting the Amherst area could get another dumping of snow,” Environment Canada meteorologist Tracey Talbot said Wednesday. “If the track shifts a bit we could see a lot more.”

This storm is coming less than 24 hours after close to 20 cm was dumped on the Amherst area overnight Wednesday. Another weather system is expected to bring milder temperatures and rain late Friday into Saturday.

“Friday’s system is expected to form over the Great Lakes and move through New Brunswick,” Talbot said. “That will start as snow, but it’s expected the precipitation will change to rain. The system last night and the one tonight are forming off the U.S. east coast and moving south of the province.”

Wednesday’s system forced the cancellation of classes at all Cumberland County schools, while both the NSCC Springhill campus and the Amherst learning centre stayed closed for the day.

Talbot said it’s difficult to say whether this winter’s weather is unusual compared to other winters, although she admitted forecasters have been kept quite busy tracking the number of low pressure systems to move through the area with snow, rain and ice.

“We do seem to have been hit by a lot of these storms as they’ve tracked through,” Talbot said. “It’s quite normal to have a system move by every three to four days. It just seems that we have had a lot. Then again it is February.”

The snow has been music to the ears of Andrew Wallis, who is president of the Cumberland Snowmobile Club.

“It’s been a great winter. We had a period of time when we lost all our snow, but it’s been pretty good recently,” Wallis said. “It’s very rare to be able to groom trails in December, but we had our trails up and running early. Then we lost all our snow in just a few days and even last week it was plus-10 before the latest snow fell.”

Wallis said this has been the biggest year for trail pass sales in Cumberland County.

Organizations: Environment Canada, Cumberland Snowmobile Club

Geographic location: Amherst, Cumberland County, Cumberland North Nova Scotia Cape Cod Great Lakes New Brunswick U.S.

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