Major winter storm headed for province this weekend

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HALIFAX - The province could be blasted by its first major snowfall this weekend.

A couple heads out for an early morning walk on the Beechville Lakeside Timberlea Trail through a blanket of fresh snow.

Environment Canada said it’s tracking a low pressure system that is expected to develop Saturday over the United States and intensify as it makes its way up to eastern seaboard to Nova Scotia for Sunday.

Some early reports indicate 15 to 20 centimetres of snow, although Environment Canada said it’s too early to make a prediction.

But meteorologist Paula Sutherland of the Atlantic Storm Prediction Centre in Dartmouth said much of mainland Nova Scotia will likely see some of the white stuff.

“It’s a little early to be talking about amounts because there’s a wide variation depending on the track (of the storm),” said Sutherland on Wednesday.

“Earlier in the week the track was more over Nova Scotia, and now it’s just south of Nova Scotia… so that has an impact on the snowfall amounts.”

Environment Canada says strong winds could also cause blowing snow.

The national weather forecaster is asking residents to keep an eye on weather forecasts and warnings over the next several days, especially those who plan of traveling over the weekend.

Light snowfall and icy conditions caused several dozen accidents in the municipality on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Snow at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport reached nearly nine centimetres last Wednesday.

- by Aly Thomson - Metro Halifax

Organizations: Environment Canada, Atlantic Storm Prediction Centre, Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, United States, Dartmouth

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  • jr
    December 12, 2013 - 14:01

    Why are we so concerned with what will hit Halifax if we are here inCumberland County? I would think that local weather and news would be more imortant for local people especially when articles about the "snow clearing" in the Pass are being posted. I say let's see some local new and weather for a change.