Snowsquall warning closes schools in Digby Yarmouth Annapolis Kings

Published on December 15, 2016

Digby's front street at 6:15 a.m. Dec. 15

©Jonathan Riley

DIGBY, N.S. – Schools in Digby, Yarmouth, Annapolis and Kings Counties are closed due to a snow squall warning.

The Tri-County Regional School Board has announced the closure of all schools in Yarmouth and Digby Counties for a storm day Dec. 15.

The Conseil Scolaire Acadien has closed all schools in Clare and Argyle.

The Annapolis Valley Regional School Board has closed all schools in Annapolis and Kings Counties.

Kings Transit has delayed their start on the Cornwallis Digby Weymouth run until 8 a.m. at which time they will reassess.

SNOW SQUALLS

Environment Canada is calling for about 2 cm of snow with winds of 20 km/h out of the southwest this morning becoming northwest 40 gusting to 60 this afternoon. The temperature will climb to plus 4 this morning and fall to minus 4 this afternoon.

Schools however have been cancelled because of a snow squall warning now in effect for Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis and Kings Counties.

Environment Canada is warning that visibilities could be rapidly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow.

Environment Canada says visibilities will be reduced in blowing snow over exposed areas. There is also the potential for the development of snowsqualls giving near zero visibilities and significant accumulation of snow.

Environment Canada says snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common. EC suggests people prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.
Winds will increase 60 gusting to 90 tonight and the temperature will drop to minus 14, creating a wind chill of minus 28.

Flurries should end late in the afternoon on Friday but the risk of snowsqualls is continued as winds of 40 gusting to 70 could cause blowing snow over exposed areas. The windchill will remain at minus 28 on Friday.

Rain and a high of 11 possible by Sunday.

jriley@digbycourier.ca