Environment Canada warns of incoming ‘hazardous winter conditions’

Ashley Thompson athompson@hantsjournal.ca
Published on January 7, 2017

ANNAPOLIS VALLEY - Environment Canada is predicting that some areas of Nova Scotia could see up to 30 to 40 cm of snowfall this weekend.

In a winter storm warning issued shortly after 4 a.m. Jan. 7, Environment Canada warns that “hazardous winter conditions are expected.”

The weather agency’s forecast predicts the snowfall will begin in the afternoon, spreading throughout the province by evening. It is anticipated eastern Nova Scotia will be blanketed with 15 to 25 cm of snow, and other areas could be hit with up to 30 to 40 cm.

“Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow,” Environment Canada’s statement reads.

“Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight.”

Meteorologists are predicting the heavy and blowing snow conditions will taper off into the morning Jan. 8, with about 5 to 10 cm of snow possibly falling that day. Forecasts state that the average temperature will be around – 7 C, with a daily low of – 12 C.

Stay up to date on Environment Canada’s weather alerts at https://weather.gc.ca/.