Winter storm warning ends for Hants County following wallop of snow

Colin Chisholm colin.chisholm@tc.tc
Published on January 8, 2017

As of 10 a.m. on Jan. 8, 2017, most major roads across Hants County were deemed snow-covered by the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

©Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

HANTS COUNTY, N.S. - The winter storm warning, issued by Environment Canada, officially ended at 9:24 a.m. on Jan. 8, but not before the weekend weather dumped 25 to 35 centimetres across Hants County.

The weather warning isn’t over for all of Nova Scotia, as King’s County and some other regions remain under and advisory.

The Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal said major roads across Hants County are still considered covered.

TIR tweeted that more than 35 centimetres of snow had fallen in West Hants and winds may still impact visibility for drivers.

The department’s official twitter account tweeted that all snow-removing vehicles are out in full force.

Several domestic and international flights from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport have been delayed or cancelled.

Many community events and church services have been cancelled as well, due to the overnight weather.

Weather moving on

A low-pressure system south of Nova Scotia will move northeastward to lie over southwestern Newfoundland this afternoon.

Flurries can still be expected throughout the day, with the threat of blowing snow with windspeeds estimated at 30 kilometres per hour and gusts up to 50 kilometres and hour.

Western areas of Nova Scotia will receive blowing snow over exposed areas this morning. Northern areas of the province will receive an additional 5 to 10 cm of snow before the day is over.

Residents are advised to consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.

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.

No more heavy snowfalls are forecasted for the remainder of the week, but that is subject to change.

Winter storm warnings are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

With notes from Kirk Starratt.