Environment Canada calling for 5 to 10 centimetres
© Lawrence Powell
Middleton's public works crews were out on Christmas day cleaning up a dusting of snow that fell in the wee hours of Christmas morning. They will be back out on Friday to deal with as many as 10 centimetres of snow expected to fall tonight.
Environment Canada is calling for more snow – possibly five to 10 centimetres with a few flurries throughout the day today but the real snow beginning this evening. Today’s high of -3C is expected to rise to as high as 1C overnight causing a mixture of snow and rain during the changeover.
But Environment Canada has also issued a special weather statement for Annapolis County that speculates that weather overnight and Friday could be even worse and there could be yet another storm Sunday night and Monday:
5:24 AM AST Thursday 26 December 2013
Special weather statement for
Annapolis County continued
A potential winter storm could affect Mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton tonight and early Friday morning. A second storm is possible for Sunday night and Monday.
A low pressure system is forecast to develop near Cape Cod this evening and intensify as it tracks across Nova Scotia overnight tonight to lie east of Cape Breton Friday morning. This system is expected to bring snow, rain and gusty winds to most of Nova Scotia tonight before ending Friday morning as it moves away.
There is still uncertainty with respect to the track and intensity of the system. It is possible that some regions may require a snowfall warning as more than 15 centimetres of snow could fall during the overnight period tonight.
The public is advised to monitor future forecasts as warnings may be required.
A second winter storm is expected to develop over the U.S. Eastern Seaboard late Sunday and track northeastward passing near Nova Scotia on Monday. This system could bring significant snow, rain and strong winds.
Environment Canada will continue to monitor the development of these two weather systems providing updates as new information becomes available.
Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.
Here is the original forecast for Bridgetown: (NOTE: Environment Canada has not updated its forecast since 5 a.m.)
Today, December 26:
Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of flurries early this morning. A few flurries beginning this afternoon. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h this afternoon. High minus 3.
Tonight, December 26:
Cloudy. Periods of snow beginning this evening. Snow mixed with rain overnight. Snowfall amount 5 to 10 cm. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming west 20 gusting to 40 overnight. Temperature rising to plus 1 this evening then falling.
Friday, December 27
Flurries. Local amount 2 cm. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. Temperature falling to minus 4 in the afternoon.