DOT urges caution; using sand as temperatures drop
Flash freeze warning
© Richard Ross
A Department of Transportation salt truck slipped off the road and into a guardrail in Culloden just outside Digby this morning while trying to salt the road. Another salt truck towed him out.
At 11 a.m. Environment Canada issued a flash freeze warning for the county, alerting people that potentially hazardous conditions are expected.
The low-pressure system tracking over Nova Scotia is giving a mix of precipitation as it tracks northeastward. Rain at times heavy, is expected to gradually diminish this afternoon before changing over to flurries this evening. Snowfall amounts could be up to 2 cm.
Additional rainfall amounts of 10 to 15 millimetres are forecast over eastern sections this afternoon giving total rainfall amounts between 30 and 50 millimetres for much of the province with the passage of this system.
Overnight the expected low is -3, the temperature is expected to rise tomorrow to 7, and the showers are expected to continue throughout the day.
At 2:30 p.m. the Department of Transportation was advising caution on provincial roads.
"Heavy rain followed by rapidly dropping temperatures is creating slippery conditions on provincial highways," it said in a press release.
"The province was salting roads but due to the drop in temperatures they were freezing again immediately after the salt was applied."
Transportation officials are now also sanding the roads to provide traction. It is taking longer than usual to cover all plow routes due to the difficult conditions.
Conditions are deteriorating from south to north across the province. Drivers should reduce speed and use extra caution.