TIR preparing for blizzard

Carla Allen
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With the very low temperatures associated with the blizzard forecasted for Friday, cleanup will be difficult as salt does not work nearly as effectively, says a spokesperson for Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Operations crews are checking and rechecking equipment in anticipation of a blizzard forecasted to hit the region overnight and into Friday.

Environment Canada is forecasting near-zero visibility in blowing snow, plunging wind chill factors and up to 30 cm of snow.

Operation supervisor Don Houston says the storm poses different circumstances for road crews.

"It's unusual for a storm with northeast winds to have such cold temperatures forecasted. It will make the cleanup after the storm more challenging as the salt doesn't work nearly as effectively."

High tides will be another challenge around midnight and noon tomorrow.

"We'll have patrols monitoring this as well," he said.

To receive the latest road conditions in the province, dial 511 or visit http://511.gov.ns.ca/map/


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