Storms bring out winter enthusiasts

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TRURO – Two days of snowstorms didn’t keep Truro’s Jim and Linda Stanley down.

Valerie Richardson, left, of Truro, and Onslow’s Dawn Holt play in the snow with Holt’s five-year-old Scottish terriers Madison, front, and Ceilidh during a visit to Victoria Park on Sunday. With a blizzard warning on Saturday, Holt couldn’t wait to get outside with the two dogs on Sunday and took a stroll with Richardson through the park, which also saw activity from snowshoers and snow boarders.

The couple, along with their three-year-old cavadoodle, Chewie, got a number of walks and snowshoeing adventures in at Victoria Park and around the block, including another trek on Sunday amongst about 30 centimetres of snow.

“We are always prepared. It’s winter, and it’s winter in Nova Scotia,” said Linda, stopping along a trail by the brook in Victoria Park. “Normally we’d be skiing at (Ski) Wentworth, but now we’re snowshoeing instead.”

Along with the Stanleys, there were a number of other winter enthusiasts at Victoria Park walking or snowshoeing, and even some who ventured into the park with their snowboards.

With a blizzard warning for most of the province for Saturday, Jim said meteorologists were pretty accurate in their forecasts.

“We may have actually gotten a little less than they predicted, but for the most part it was on,” he said.

“We certainly had lots of wind,” added Linda.

While stores in Truro were packed with shoppers on Friday in preparation for the weekend weather, the Stanleys stock up on just the basics when it comes to storms.

“We always have enough food in the house. Plus, if we buy a lot and the power goes out, it spoils,” said Linda, adding the couple stocks up on batteries and flashlights for storms.

For Onslow’s Dawn Holt, Sunday’s weather couldn’t keep her inside.

“I was going stir crazy,” she said as she and her friend, Valerie Richardson, walked her two Scottish terriers at the park. “It was almost a two-day entrapment. I’m used to being out with (the dogs) three times a day, but I finally had my driveway plowed so I had to get out.”

Holt said she enjoys the snow, however not all at once, which is what happened with close to 30 centimetres falling since overnight Friday.

“I think it is worse (Sunday) than it was Saturday,” Holt said.

“Yesterday it was more blowing snow, so we probably could’ve gotten out,” added Richardson of Truro. “But if you didn’t need to be out on Saturday, the best place to be is home.”

As a meteorologist for Environment Canada, Denis Thibodeau said Upper Stewiacke had registered 29 centimetres of snow at around lunchtime yesterday, while Parrsboro had about 23.

“A lot of the wind was coming from the north, so Parrsboro was more sheltered than Upper Stewiacke,” Thibodeau said, noting he didn’t have actual numbers for snowfall in Truro. “But to say Truro had mid-20s worth of snow would be really close to what actually fell.”

Of the manned observation sites in Nova Scotia, Greenwood had the most snowfall, with 51 centimetres being registered. Nappan had a measurement of 57 centimetres, the most of the unmanned observation sites, where snowfall amounts are estimated from the water equivalent.

Following the blizzard warning, Environment Canada had a blowing snow warning for Colchester County – Truro and south, which had been lifted at about 9:15 yesterday morning.

“The winds had come down a bit, but it’s still blowing,” Thibodeau said. “But looking into the future forecast, I don’t see much in terms of snow.”

Temperatures between today and tomorrow at about midnight should be above the freezing mark, said Thibodeau.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Victoria Park, Truro, Nova Scotia Colchester County

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