When will it end?
Freezing rain and ice pellets have changed to steady snow in Amherst and Cumberland County.
© Christopher Gooding- Cumberlandnewsnow.com
Freezing rain and ice pellets have changed to steady snow in Amherst and Cumberland County. Plows have been busy keeping roads open and clearing snow from parking lots like the Amherst Town Square Mall.
AMHERST – Today’s weather is no April Fool’s joke.
Winter is maintaining its tight grip on northern Nova Scotia as rain and freezing rain have switched to snow and strong winds creating near whiteout conditions.
“This is all from the same system that has been around here since Sunday,” Environment Canada meteorologist Tracy Talbot said. “It’s really moving slowly south of Nova Scotia.”
Up to another five centimetres of snow is forecast to fall over Cumberland County with winds gusting up to 60 km/h our of the northeast.
The wind and snow forced the cancellation of all schools in the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, while NSCC campuses in Amherst and Springhill were also closed Tuesday.
Maggie’s Place was closed for the day along with several dentists’ offices, arenas in Amherst and Springhill, Amherst town hall, the E.D. Fullerton Municipal Building in Upper Nappan, CANSA and Service Nova Scotia.
GOVRC in Springhill and the Bridge Adult Service Centre in Amherst, all branches of the Cumberland Public Libraries and several businesses and banks also closed early.
Access Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Geomatics Centre in Amherst have also closed for the day.
Talbot weather conditions should improve starting Wednesday as the system moves south of Newfoundland.
Sunny skies, with flurries and showers, are expected Thursday and Friday with showers on Saturday as a system moves through northern New Brunswick.
“I don’t want to say this will be the last of the snow because I’m afraid I’ll jinx it, but we’re always hoping this will be it,” she said. “Later on in the weekend we could be getting another system passing north of us. Hopefully that’ll be mostly rain.”