Blizzard warning now in place for Cumberland County

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Up to 50 cm of snow could fall beginning Wednesday

Environment Canada is warning residents of a dangerous snowstorm on Wednesday with up to 50 cm of snow and winds in excess of 100 km/h.

Environment Canada is warning residents of a dangerous snowstorm on Wednesday with up to 50 cm of snow and winds in excess of 100 km/h. This Weather Network graphic indicates just how much snow could fall over the Maritimes.

AMHERST – Amherst and northern Nova Scotia could be in the crosshairs for some of the heaviest snow from Wednesday’s massive spring snowstorm that’s expected to slam into the province with 40 centimetres or more of the white stuff.

“Amherst is in that area that could potentially get a little more than what’s being forecast,” Environment Canada meteorologist Tracey Talbot said. “Amherst is going to be close to the edge of that rain-snow boundary and that’s where the heaviest precipitation will be.”

She said some areas of the province could see more than 50 cm of snow.

In preparation for the storm, Environment Canada has issued a blizzard warning with heavy snow and widespread blowing snow on Wednesday.

Talbot expects the snow will begin mid-morning in the Amherst area with winds picking up throughout the morning. She said blizzard like conditions can be expected from late morning, through the rest of the day and into Wednesday evening.

Portions of eastern Nova Scotia will see a changeover to rain and she warned that any minor shift in the track could move the rain/snow line further north and west.

While accumulations of snow will be heavy, Talbot said the wind will be the biggest threat along with some blowing snow into Thursday.

Talbot is calling the storm dangerous and suggests people do what it takes to prepare.

“It’s intensifying pretty quickly,” she said. “Thirty to 40 cm of snow is a lot of snow, but the wind and the storm surge are the biggest concern.”

She said the storm surge along the Northumberland Strait will be highest during high tides on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, while wind could easily have gusts of more than 100 km/h.

As of right now, she added, the surge is not corresponding with high tide along the strait, but Talbot warned a slight change in the timing of the storm could make a lot of difference.

“An hour sooner or later could make a big difference and areas that are prone to it should take some precautions,” she said.

Although comparisons have been made to White Juan that hit the area in February 2004, Talbot said this storm – although intense – is moving much more quickly than that storm did.

The Weather Network’s chief meteorologist Chris Scott said people should be prepared for a complete travel shutdown on Wednesday.

“We can take a good punch, but this is a haymaker,” he said.

The storm has been called a weather bomb with models indicating rapid deepening of the low pressure system.

Another system is expected to move through the area Sunday, although Talbot expects this one to have a lot more warmer air and possibly rain. The Weather Network is calling for another 30 to 40 centimetres on Sunday.


Organizations: Environment Canada

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

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