Blizzard warning continued

Lawrence Powell
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Heavy snow and strong winds on the way

Environment Canada is continuing with its blizzard warning for Annapolis County tonight and Friday as heavy snow and high winds are expected to move into the area tonight.

As much as 30 centimetres of snow is possible, and temperatures will remain below -25C with the wind chill factored in. Forecasters expect blizzard conditions tonight and tomorrow.

At 7 p.m. the temperature was at -19C in Greenwood. With the windchill factored in, that's -30C.

In Middleton, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure crews spent the afternoon checking over equipment. Department spokesman Ron Taylor said anything needing repair will be fixed or replaced. He said sand will be used on intersections, corners, and hills as needed. He said the temperature is too cold for salt to have any effect.

Crews were loosening up the massive sand pile in Middleton and dropping loader buckets full  into a screener that breaks up the frozen pieces so they won't clog or break spreader equipment on the trucks. There will be 10 vehicles from the Middleton shed on the road when the storm hits.

 

Blizzard Warning

Following is Environment Canada's Blizzard Warning:

Annapolis County

4:01 PM AST Thursday 02 January 2014

Blizzard warning for

Annapolis County continued

 

Heavy snow combined with strong northeast winds are expected to give blizzard conditions overnight and Friday.

 

This is a warning that blizzard conditions with near-zero visibilities are expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.

 

A low pressure system currently south of Long Island will approach Nova Scotia tonight and track south of the province on Friday as it intensifies. This system will bring snow, near-zero visibilities in blowing snow, and cold wind chill values which together will give potentially dangerous winter conditions to the entire province on Friday. Travel will likely be significantly impacted in many areas.

 

At this time the heaviest snowfall amounts are expected over Southwestern Nova Scotia...The Annapolis Valley...And most of the Atlantic coast where total snowfall amounts of up to 30 centimetres..With locally higher amounts possible..Are expected by late Friday. These snowfall amounts combined with strong northeast winds and very cold temperatures will give ideal conditions for extensive blowing and drifting snow with frequent whiteout conditions. Blizzard warnings are in effect for these areas for Friday.

 

Elsewhere in the province..Although lesser snowfall amounts are expected, blowing and drifting snow giving near-zero visibilities at times will become an issue as north to northeast winds increase during the day Friday. As such, blowing snow warnings are now in effect for these areas, and it is possible winter storm or blizzard warnings may be extended for these areas later tonight once the full impact of this storm becomes more clear.

 

The very cold airmass over the region currently will continue to give cold wind chill values below minus 25 across the entire province tonight and Friday.

 

Furthermore...Higher than normal water levels are expected along the Atlantic and Fundy coastlines of Nova Scotia during high tide on Friday. Heavy pounding surf is expected along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia Friday afternoon and evening.

Organizations: Environment Canada, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure

Geographic location: Annapolis County, Middleton, Nova Scotia Atlantic Long Island The Annapolis Valley

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