By John DeCoste
A blizzard warning remained in effect for all of Kings County on Feb. 9 as the county continued to be whipped by snow and strong winds.
The blowing snow and high winds left 10,600 Nova Scotia Power customers without electricity Saturday morning, but power was restored earlier than the forecasted 11 p.m. timeframe in most cases. The outage stretched from Wolfville to Centreville, with the most concentrated areas in New Minas and north into the Canning area.
As of 2 p.m. Saturday, between 10-15 centimetres of snow had already fallen in most areas, though exact amounts were hard to measure due to the drifting snow caused by winds gusting to as high as 60 km/hr in Kentville and 76km/hr at 14 Wing Greenwood.
In some places, the snow had pretty much blown clear, while in others, particularly up against buildings in the lee of the wind, it had collected into deep drifts.
The forecast was for snow and blowing snow to continue Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday before tapering to flurries. Additional amounts of 10 cms were expected the rest of Saturday, with another five to 10 cms overnight and into Sunday.
Most areas of the county were expected to receive between 25 to 35 cms of snow in all.
More of a problem than the snow was the wind, which was forecast to continue at 40km/hr with gusts to 70 through the evening and overnight hours and into Sunday.
Both Kings District RCMP and Kentville Police had issued advisories urging motorists to stay off the roads except for emergencies, and it appeared most had heeded the warnings.
Local fire departments reported few, if any, weather-related mishaps from Friday evening through to Saturday afternoon.
“It’s been quiet so far,” Kentville Fire Chief Ryan MacEachern said Saturday afternoon. “There hasn’t been much at all” in the way of accidents and other emergencies. “People are slowly learning what they can and can’t do in this kind of weather.”
Most Valley fire departments had planned to keep a crew of firefighters on stand-by at their stations in case of emergencies.
Most activities scheduled for Saturday, including dances, suppers and sports games, were either cancelled or postponed. The list of cancellations included the Berwick Winter Carnival, which will now be held Feb. 16-17.
See a slideshow of photos from around Kings Couny HERE