School cancelled in Digby – storm for Sunday

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By Jonathan Riley DIGBY COURIER

School is cancelled in Digby today while Nova Scotia waits to see what a snow squall looks like.

And then a messy couple of days on Sunday and Monday.

Today Environment Canada is calling for 10 cm of snow ending this morning, with a risk of snowsqualls.

The winds will be out of the west at 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming northwest 40 gusting to 60 late this morning.

A snowsquall is a sudden moderately heavy snowfall with blowing snow and strong, gusty surface winds. It is often referred to as a whiteout and is similar to a blizzard but they are localized and the duration can vary—like a rainshower.

Sunday storm

Environment Canada’s latest weather statement for Digby County, issued at 4:47 a.m., says there is potential for a snowstorm on Sunday for the whole province with significant snow, strong winds and blowing snow.

 A change over to rain is possible along the Atlantic coast Sunday afternoon. A return to colder temperatures will occur Sunday night and Monday.

Environment Canada meteorologist Paula Sutherland is predicting up to 30 cm of snow may fall Sunday into Monday.

“The storm hasn’t actually formed yet and the models are constantly changing, but the latest indication is there will be a major snowfall in that part of Nova Scotia,” Sutherland said.

Sutherland said a low-pressure system is forecast to form in the southern United States early Saturday and move off the coast of Virginia. From there it’s supposed to hug the Atlantic coastline before skirting coastal Nova Scotia.

Just how close to Nova Scotia the storm comes is anyone’s guess with some models suggesting it will stay far enough out to sea to only affect the Eastern Shore, while other models have it coming closer to the province.

“As it approaches the region it will intensify,” Sutherland said. “We’re expecting some snowfall over most of the Maritimes, especially the mainland of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton.”

It will be less of a snow event in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Sutherland said the forecast will be updated frequent as the storm approaches.

She said it’s too early to determine whether this snow will stick around to ensure a white Christmas, although she pointed out temperatures are supposed to remain below freezing through most of next week.

“Chances are that if we get that much snow, chances are it will stick around for awhile,” she said.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Digby County, Atlantic United States Virginia Eastern Shore Cape Breton New Brunswick Prince Edward Island

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  • Rick Foote
    December 13, 2013 - 07:30

    Hi Jonathan, Thanks for the school closure report. It can be hit and miss catching it on the radio. We are getting more used to checking your site first whenever we need the news, in fact, I'm developing a bad habit of checking it a couple times a day. Good job.