BRIDGETOWN - A blizzard warning is still in effect for the Annapolis Valley with heavy snowfall expected until midnight, according to Environment Canada’s latest forecast.
That heavy snowfall should turn to flurries after midnight, but blowing snow will still be a major problem.
In its 4:11 p.m. warning, the agency said an intense low pressure system southwest of Nova Scotia will continue to track south of the province tonight bringing heavy snow.
“Very strong east to northeast winds will accompany this storm with gusts between 90 and 110 km/h expected or occurring, which will give extensive blowing snow with frequent whiteout conditions,” the warning said. “Total snowfall amounts by Tuesday morning will range from 30 to 60 centimetres for the western portions of the province and 25 to 45 centimetres for the remainder of the province and Cape Breton.”
The warning said as the storm moves slowly eastward, conditions will gradually improve over western portions of the province this evening, but blizzard conditions will persist for most of the province until Tuesday morning.
Nova Scotia’s Power Outage Map showed a handful of power outages in Annapolis and Kings counties – fewer than five customers in each of Bridgetown, Port George, Torbrook, and Kingston. Larger outages were reported in the Dempsy Corner area and north on Victoria Road, and in the Billtown area.
Nova Scotia Power has almost 400 staff standing by to manage the outages but estimates for restoration times are 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Schools in the Annapolis Valley were closed today, including NSCC, and most government offices and businesses were closed as well.
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In its 4 p.m. forecast, Environment Canada predicted snow at times heavy changing to flurries after midnight with amounts from 10 to 15 centimetres. Wind northeast 60 km/h gusting to 90 becoming north 50 gusting to 80 after midnight. Low -7C.
But the storm won’t necessarily be over on Tuesday. The forecast is predicting a mainly cloudy day with 60 per cent chance of flurries in the morning and blowing snow over exposed areas in the morning and early in the afternoon. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 70 diminishing to 20 gusting to 40 in the afternoon. High -5C.
Environment Canada said travel is expected to be extremely hazardous due to reduced visibility. Travel is not recommended.
Blizzard warnings are issued when widespread reduced visibilities of 400 metres or less are expected for at least 4 hours.
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