Mother Nature delivers winter wallop

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School cancelled in Colchester, neighbouring counties

TRURO – A day after a groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter, 30 centimetres of snow was dumped on residents in Colchester County.

Jason Meadus spent some time shovelling at suppertime on Monday after 30 centimetres of snow was dumped on Truro between Sunday morning and Monday afternoon. 

But with a storm that was on the radar of forecasters, it wasn’t much of a headache for emergency personnel.

“When it’s a big storm that we know about, we have less calls for assistance,” said Colchester RCMP Sgt. Al Affleck. “If people know about it, everyone is preparing for the day and for school cancellations. When it’s a freak storm during the middle of the day, that’s when we get the calls.”

When large storms are forecast, Affleck said people tend to plan around it, oftentimes making sure they don’t have to go anywhere, including into work.

“When I came to work in the morning, the highways were covered, but there wasn’t a lot of traffic. The people that have to go to work are the ones out on the road. Half choose to stay home.”

With Mother Nature dumping as much snow on the ground as accumulated Sunday and Monday, Affleck said those out on the roads do slow down.

“It’s when there’s pavement and a little bit of snow that everyone thinks it’s still summer and they can go faster, but when there is that much snow, they tend to drive slower,” he said.

The weather cancelled school throughout Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou counties, along with Hants East, as well as a number of programs and meetings.

Geographic location: Colchester, Pictou, Hants East

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