Lots more snow to come

Darrell Cole
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15% more snow than normal

David Phillips of Environmental Canada says 37% of our annual snowfall is yet to come.

Snow knows no fury like a woman with a snow blower. After two days of snowfall, Annie Crocker was throwing back what Mother Nature delivered Thursday. For Friday, a piddle 2 cm is predicted and for Saturday and Sunday Environment Canada is forecasting a mix of sun and clouds, with temperatures reaching a high of plus 7.

AMHERST – As snowy as it is, Environment Canada’s senior climatologist says there’s still a lot of winter left for northern Nova Scotia.

“You never reach a point where nature says ‘OK, that’s enough snow so I’m going to stop.’ The ugly situation is this. After this date, on average, you still get 37 per cent of your snow from this point on,” David Phillips said. “If the rest of the winter was normal, you’d normally get about 120 cm more snow, or 37 per cent of your annual take.”

Phillips comments come as Amherst digs out from its second snowstorm in a 24-hour period and third storm in a week.

“Don’t put away the snow shovel yet because there’s still more to come. I know you’re tired and worn out shoveling, but there’s more coming,” Phillips said.

Phillips said 231 cm of snow have fallen in the area since early December, not including the snow that fell overnight Wednesday. The norm for the period is 203 cm.

“You’ve had 15 per cent more snow than you normally get over that period,” Phillips said.

The record is 395 cm recorded in 1991-92 while only 90 cm fell over the same period in 1952-53.

Since December, Phillips said, there has been some snow on 64 of 82 days and there has been an almost continuous snow cover since around Dec. 9.

“You’ve had about 20 more days with snow than normal,” he said. “That doesn’t leave a lot of days in which you didn’t get a lot of snow. It seems you’ve been nickel and dimed to death with snow. It looks like there was one two-week period where you didn’t go a day without some snow.”

While the weather is expected to get mild this weekend, Phillips said next week is supposed to be colder than normal.

He said a large amount of ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is likely to lead to a delayed spring.

The latest storm closed all schools in the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board for a second day while both the Springhill and Amherst campuses of the Nova Scotia Community College were closed again Thursday.

News of more snow is probably not welcome by officials with the Town of Amherst. Up to Feb. 12, the town has spent $204,832 of its $220,130 snow removal budget.

“There’s no doubt we’re going to be over budget, but not in a major way or in a way that we would incur a deficit,” CAO Greg Herrett said.

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.


Twitter: @ADNdarrell




Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Environment Canada, Central Regional School Board Cumberland Snowmobile Club

Geographic location: AMHERST, Northern Nova Scotia, Chignecto Cumberland County

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