Hunker down for a February blizzard in the Valley

Published on February 13, 2017

It's the kind of day when a blizzard makes the outdoor thermometre impossible to read.

KINGS COUNTY NS – Environment Canada’s blizzard warning indicates travel is not recommended today due to reduced visibility.

Snow and strong winds are expected to continue through until early on Tuesday morning. The forecast is calling for 45 cms, with the heaviest period of snowfall anticipated by 2 p.m.

Wolfville’s EMO coordinator Dan Stovel suggests that residents take time today to check on their neighbours.

Nova Scotia Power (NSP) has crews out working to restore power to customers in Lunenburg County as a severe blizzard makes its way across the province.

Crews are dealing with very poor driving conditions – heavy snow and white out conditions – so it will take time to get to sites as the storm progresses today, says NSP spokesperson Bev Ware. In addition aerial buckets cannot be deployed in strong winds.

“We pre-staged crews and trucks in position around the province in advance of this storm. However, we expect restoration efforts will be hampered due to high winds and blowing snow,” said Matt Drover, NS Power Storm Lead. “Our estimated restoration times will reflect this.”

Nova Scotia Power says it prepared extensively for this storm with more than 380 field personnel positioned throughout the province to respond to outages as soon as it’s safe to do so. These personnel include NS Power line crews, contractor line crews, forestry crews and damage assessment teams.

NS Power is working with the provincial Emergency Management Office and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to coordinate clearing of roads so that crews can get to damaged areas.

All updates are immediately posted on the Nova Scotia Power outage map at www.nspower.ca/outages, and are also available by calling the company’s outage information line at 1-877-428-6004.

Check out the cancellations:

http://www.hantsjournal.ca/news/regional/2017/2/12/winter-storm-brings-slew-of-cancellations-across-annapolis-valle.html