Freezing rain arrives

Lawrence Powell
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Ice starting to build up on Annapolis County roads

Ice is starting to build up on Annapolis County roads as forcast by Environment Canad in its freezing rain warnings issued Saturday afternoon. Temperatures were expected to drop just below 0C by early this morning but remained at 1C or 2C until after lunch time. By 1 p.m. the rain was more like sleet and was building up on the streets of Middleton and on Highway 1. But the farther west you go the higher the temperature. In Bear River it was 2.5C and raining at 3 p.m.

But at 1:15 p.m. a Department of Transportation plow was seen in Lawrencetown and it seemed like traffic on Highway 1 was dwindling. The plow return and scraped a layer of ice off the street half an hour later.

Residents reported that further west in Annapolis County it is still rain -- from the Bridgetown area and towards Digby.

A resident on the Fundy Shore said "it is now FREEZING RAIN on North Mtn., Hampton. watching the trees becoming encased." But another resident said "Still just drizzle in Upper Clements."

Environment Canada updated its freezing rain warning less than an hour ago and are predicting the freezing rain could last for another 12 hours.

Earlier today, RCMP were cautioning drivers across the province to stay at home.

"RCMP advise motorists to use caution while driving and are advising motorists throughout Nova Scotia to remain off the highways unless necessary," police said in a media release. "At this time, road conditions throughout Nova Scotia are poor due to rain and freezing rain conditions resulting in slippery roads."

RCMP said they have responded to multiple calls involving vehicles off the roads and reminded motorist to plan ahead, adjust their speed, and allow for extra time and stopping distance. Again, RCMP are advising to remain off the highways unless necessary. RCMP re-issued the warning just before 2 p.m.

In the Kentville / Wolfville are power was knocked out to almost 2,000 customers and Nova Scotia Power had crews out looking for the cause. Almost 1,000 homes were without power in the Windsor area as well. That was caused by trees falling on power lines.

Following is the most recent freezing rain warning:

Annapolis County

12:53 PM AST Sunday 22 December 2013

Freezing rain warning for

Annapolis County continued

 

An extended period of freezing rain is expected.

 

This is a warning that an extended period of freezing rain is occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.

 

A trough of low pressure just south of Nova Scotia will remain nearly stationary through the forecast period. Freezing rain and/or ice pellets are currently occurring across of much of Mainland Nova Scotia with rain over southwestern regions of the province and near the Atlantic coast. The freezing rain and/or ice pellets are expected to persist into tonight. Currently, it looks like the valley and central areas of Nova Scotia will be the worst hit by the freezing rain. Current indications suggest that these regions could see another 12 hours or more of freezing rain and up to 20 millimetres of additional accumulation.

 

 

Organizations: Environment Canad, Department of Transportation

Geographic location: Annapolis County, Middleton, Lawrencetown

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