UPDATED: Messy winter weather takes Hants County by storm

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More snow anticipated for this week

Hants County was hit with its first major brush with messy winter weather on the weekend.

Meteorologist Paula Sutherland says an average of 15 to 20 centimetres of snow, at times mixed with ice pellets, fell in Windsor and the surrounding areas Dec. 15. RCMP issued province-wide warnings for motorists to stay off the roads, which were snow covered and slippery for the duration of the storm.

The winter storm warning was lifted for Windsor around 4 p.m.

Sgt. Leanne MacDonald, of the Windsor RCMP, said the local detachment responded to two weather-related calls during the storm, one was a traffic hazard caused by snow blocking a lane, the other a motor vehicle accident.

The snow began early Sunday morning, Dec. 15, and forced the cancellation of numerous events throughout the province. Classes were cancelled at all schools within Annapolis Valley Regional School Board on Dec. 16.

In an interview Monday, Dec. 16, Sutherland said another five to 10 centimetres of snow could hit Nova Scotia in the middle of the week.

“We are looking at a system developing Tuesday evening and potentially coming across the province on Wednesday.”

People are being encouraged to stay home in severe weather for everyone's safety, and allow winter maintenance operators to properly clear the roads. If it is necessary to drive during a storm, check webcams or call 511 for provincial highway conditions.

Drivers should have 72-hour emergency and car safety kits with them.

"While it is vital to prepare vehicles for winter driving conditions, it is only one part of staying safe," said Geoff MacLellan, said the minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal in a recent press release. "Drivers need to stay off the roads if possible so crews can get them plowed.

"If people must travel, they need to remember to slow down, increase their following distance and allow plenty of time to get to their destination."

Tips to prepare emergency kits are available at http://emo.gov.ns.ca/content/prepare-kit, highway conditions are posted at http://511.gov.ns.ca and for webcams go to http://novascotia.ca/tran/cameras/.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Hants County, Nova Scotians, Nova Scotia Yarmouth

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