Snow squalls, cold temps still ahead for Annapolis Valley

Lawrence Powell
Published on December 15, 2016

There’s a wharf in this picture – you just can’t see it. Port Lorne, like many Bay of Fundy communities today, was inundated by higher than normal tides coming off a Dec. 14 full moon and waves pushed by winds off the bay. The wharf is a good foot below the high tide.

©Marilynn Linley

PORT LORNE – It was water over the wharf and pounding surf at Port Lorne today – and it’s going to be snow squalls and freezing cold later this afternoon, tonight, and Friday.

Environment Canada had issued a high tide warning earlier today and Fundy shore resident Marilynn Linley was out with her camera to capture nature at her finest and the wharf under water – again.

“Not since the tides of the last super moon about a month ago has Port Lorne seen their wharf under waters like this,” said Linley who took photos at about noon today (Dec. 15). She said the water was even up on the wharf road. “Although rough seas pounded and splashed over the granite breakwater, residents were thankful that the winds were no higher than they were. Wind and waves in the past have been known to topple and move these granite rocks weighing between five and 10 tons each onto the apron of the wharf and over the other side.”

And that was the scene up and down the Fundy shore today – higher than normal tides on a Dec. 14 full moon pushed by winds off the bay.

Water hits the breakwater at Port Lorne today. To the right of the massive rocks is the wharf that is completely under water.

©Marilynn Linley

While the tides may have subsided for now, and the tide warning over, there is still a snow squall warning in effect for the Annapolis Valley, and a weather statement that has the mercury plummeting to near -20C with a wind chill making it feel a lot, lot colder.

“Snow at times heavy changing to flurries this afternoon,” Environment Canada said in it’s 11 a.m. forecast. It said there would be blowing snow over exposed areas this afternoon with up to 10 centimetres. Wind are expected to be west 30 km/h gusting to 50 this afternoon. And the temperature will start to fall, reaching -6C this afternoon.

Tonight it gets bad -- flurries at times heavy and snow squalls. With another 5 centimetres except 15 centimetres in the heaviest flurries. Wind will continue west 30 km/h gusting to 50 but changing to northwest 40 gusting to 60 this evening. The low? An anticipated -18C with a wind chill -31C.

In the snow squall warning, Environment Canada said visibilities will be rapidly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow.
“Very cold northwesterly winds coming off the Bay of Fundy will give flurries at times heavy tonight and early Friday,” it said. “Snowsqualls giving near zero visibilities and significant accumulation of snow are expected.”

Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.
The agency said snow squall warnings are issued when bands of snow form that produce intense accumulating snow or near zero visibilities.
In the weather statement, Environment Canada said there will be significant risk of frostbite.

It urges people to continue to monitor alerts and forecasts and to report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports to #NSStorm.

Waves crash over the breakwater onto the wharf and on the road to the wharf in Port Lorne at about noon today, Dec. 15

©Marilynn Linley