Heavy snowfall to taper off to flurries tonight

Ashley Thompson
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Not many people were braving the winter weather late Friday afternoon, Jan. 3, as the province was blanketed by snow. Pictured here is a view from downtown Windsor.

The first snowstorm of 2014 isn't ready to blow over quite yet.

Paula Sutherland, a meteorologist with Environment Canada's Atlantic Storm Prediction Centre, says about five to 10 centimetres of snow has fallen on areas of Hants County so far, and there's more to come.

“(We're) looking at later this evening before it starts to taper... off to flurries,” she said.

Sutherland says the Kentville area has been hit with about 12 centimetres of snow so far, and some areas of southwestern Nova Scotia nestled along the Atlantic Coast are under as much as 17 centimetres of snow.

The bitter cold weather will continue into tomorrow, with a high of -10 C, cold snaps of -27 C with the wind chill factor, Sutherland added.

She cautioned that a blowing snow warning remains in effect for Hants County.

“If you're out at all it's definitely worth keeping an eye on the forecast and the warnings.”

Sutherland says it looks like a new weather system will bring above-freezing temperatures to the province Monday, Jan. 6, but the cold weather will return the following day. She says it is always wise to monitor the weather forecast and plan ahead for severe weather events.

Organizations: Environment Canada, Atlantic Storm Prediction Centre

Geographic location: Hants County, Kentville, Southwestern Nova Scotia Atlantic Coast

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