Snowfall warning still in effect

Lawrence Powell
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Snow clogs streets, highways; school, events cancelled

As of 2 p.m., Environment Canada was still sticking to its snowfall warning which turned out to be spot on in the Annapolis Valley as almost a foot of snow had piled up as of noon and it has been snowing heavily ever since.

Annapolis Valley Regional School Board cancelled classes today, and the County of Annapolis closed it's offices in Annapolis Royal and Lawrencetown for the day.

Plows are out in force on roads, streets, and sidewalks, but at more than two centimetres an hour, it's tough to keep up. Visibility on Highway 1 is about 100 metres and motorists are advised to stay home unless absolutely necessary -- and if you venture out, use extreme caution.

In its 11 a.m. forecast, Environment Canada said: Snow at times heavy changing to flurries this afternoon. Amount 10 cm. Local blowing snow. Wind northeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming north 40 gusting to 70 this afternoon. High minus 3. Tonight, 18 DecemberCloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Temperature steady near minus 4.


At noon, it updated its snowfall warning:

12:03 PM AST Wednesday 18 December 2013


Snowfall warning for  Annapolis County continued:

Up to 25 centimetres of snow expected today.

This is a warning that significant snowfall is occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.

A low pressure system currently southwest of the province will intensify as it tracks northeastward along the Atlantic coastline to lie over Cape Breton early this evening.

Total snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 centimetres are expected for the province except about 10 centimetres expected along parts of the Atlantic coast as there is a changeover to rain for those areas. Strong winds will create blowing snow causing reduced visibilities for northern regions. The snow has already changed to rain in southwestern regions and will taper to flurries this afternoon. Snow will taper to flurries in eastern mainland this evening. Over exposed areas of Cape Breton snow will persist tonight.



-- Jam Session in Brickton is cancelled tonight

-- "Baby, It's Cold Outside" concert tonight at King's Theatre - featuring the Annapolis Basin Community Band and the Annapolis Voices - is cancelled this evening because of the weather. New date is January 9 and your tickets will be just as good then.

-- All schools are closed.

-- Town of Middleton offices closed today.

-- Municipality of Annapolis offices closed in Annapolis Royal and Lawrencetown.



Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Annapolis Valley, Cape Breton, Annapolis County Atlantic

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