Blizzard Warning: Lots of snow, high winds to lash Annapolis Valley


Published on February 12, 2017

Environment Canada issued a blizzard warning for Annapolis, Kings, and West Hants counties that calls for as much as 40 centimetres of snow through tonight and Monday.

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BRIDGETOWN - The weather could get wild out there tonight and Monday, according to Environment Canada.

The agency has issued a blizzard warning associated with a low pressure system that will form south of Cape Cod this evening and rapidly intensify overnight as it approaches Nova Scotia.

“Blizzard conditions with gusty winds and persistent visibility near zero in snow and blowing snow are expected or occurring,” the agency said in describing what to expect.
The warning, issued at 10:49 a.m. today, said snow at times heavy will develop in the far west of the province near midnight tonight then spread northeastward reaching northern and eastern regions Monday morning, and Cape Breton near noon on Monday.

“Very strong east to northeast winds will accompany this storm with gusts between 90 and 110 km/h expected, which will give extensive blowing snow with frequent whiteout conditions,” it said. “Total snowfall amounts by Monday evening will range from 30 to 60 centimetres for the western portions of the province, 20 to 30 centimetres for northern and eastern regions, and near 10 centimetres in Cape Breton.”

Environment Canada said additional significant amounts are likely Monday night and into Tuesday morning for northern and eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton.

 

Annapolis Valley

West Hants, Kings, and Annapolis counties are all expected to receive 5 to 10 centimetres tonight with an additional 20 to 30 centimetres on Monday.

Flurries in the Valley should start around midnight tonight and change to snow at times heavy overnight with blowing snow in winds that start out east 20 km/h gusting to 40 but increasing to 40 gusting to 60 overnight.

The temperature tonight will be steady near -4C.

The real punch of the storm will be Monday with snow at times heavy and blowing snow. The 20 to 30 centimetres of white stuff will be accompanied by winds east 40 km/h gusting to 60 and then becoming northeast 60 gusting to 90 in the morning.

The high is expected to be about -1C.

“Travel is expected to be extremely hazardous due to reduced visibility,” Environment Canada said. “Road closures are likely. Travel is not recommended.”
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