Town asking people to stay off streets Wednesday
Town preparing for storm
AMHERST – Town of Amherst Public Works and emergency personnel are currently gearing up for a winter storm expected to hit Amherst beginning Wednesday morning.
“While forecasts will change, the Town’s emergency management staff has been advised by Environment Canada that we should expect blizzard conditions and very significant snowfall in our area,” said Robert Small, mayor of Amherst, in a press release. “We are taking this information and our preparedness very seriously.”
For Amherst, Environment Canada is calling for snow to begin in the morning, dumping 20 to 30 centimetres of snow.
They say wind gusts could reach 40 to 60 km/h in the morning, and reach 100 km/h in the afternoon.
Another 15 to 25 centimetres of snow is expected to fall overnight on Wednesday with wind gusts up to 90 km/h.
Small says the town’s priority will be to keep the major road arteries open through the storm.
He urges everybody to stay off the roads and streets on Wednesday, unless absolutely necessary.
He also calls for people to be patient, adding that some streets won’t be plowed right away.
Also, in the interest of safety, the town has made the decision to close non-essential services on Wednesday, including Town Hall and Amherst Stadium.
Game 6 of the Maritime Hockey League game between the Amherst Ramblers and the Pictou County Weeks Crushers has been rescheduled for Friday at Amherst Stadium. Game 7, if necessary, will be Saturday in New Glasgow.