UPDATE: Blizzard warning lifted for Kings County

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Environment Canada warning temperatures will climb and then plummet again

As of 6:16 p.m., Environment Canada's blizzard warning was lifted for Kings County and the snow seems to have slowed down. Light snow was falling in Greenwood at 6 p.m. and winds were gusting to 52 km/h.

Temperatures are expected to fall to minus 16 C overnight, with windchill around minus 26. Skies will clear overnight to make way for a mix of sun, cloud and flurries on Saturday.

A second weather alert has been issued by Environment Canada warning of warm temperatures to come to Kings County.

The weather agency is forecast by rain, windy and mild conditions on Monday, but temperatures may fall back well below freezing again on Tuesday.

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Earlier story:

As of 3 p.m., a blizzard warning is still in effect in Kings County and the first snow storm of 2014 is delivering as the forecast promised.

High winds, snow and blowing snow are buffeting the region, but it has warmed up a little bit since this morning. In Kentville at 3 p.m. the temperature was reported as minus 11 C with a windchill of minus 15 C, with wind gusts up to 41 km/h. Greenwood was reporting temperatures of minus 12 C and windchill of minus 22 at 3 p.m.

Due to poor visibility and unsafe driving condtions, the RCMP and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal are asking people to stay off of roads.

Follow the hashtag #stormTC on Twitter and visit our live blog for up-to-the-minute storm coverage

Most government services have been shut down, including municipal offices, Service Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation locations, along with many businesses, NSCC Kingstec and Acadia University.

Check here for additional cancellations. 

View the latest Environment Canada alerts here.

Want a first hand account of the weather in New Minas? View reporter Kirk Starratt's video reports here and here.

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Earlier story:

Environment Canada has continued its blizzard warning for the region and says a weather system south of the province 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.

Additional snowfall amounts of 10 to 20 centimetres are expected across the province with the heaviest snowfall amounts over southwestern Nova Scotia, the Annapolis Valley and most of the Atlantic coast.

The snow combined with strong northeast winds and very cold temperatures will give ideal conditions for extensive blowing and drifting snow with frequent whiteout conditions across the entire province.

Kentville's forecast is for snow at times heavy and blowing snow with amounts of 10 to 15 cm with winds northeast 40 km/h gusting to 60 and a high minus 12 C. Cold wind chill of minus 29 C is estimated..

Snow is expected to change to flurries tonight, with continued blowing snow and temperatures of minus 16 C before windchill.

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

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

Kings County's REMO office is preparing to offer warming centres if there are extended power outages.

Please send cancellations to editor@kingscountynews.ca

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Kings, Atlantic, Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia

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