Slightly colder than normal temperatures expected throughout the next few months

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TRURO – It’s expected Mother Nature will soon begin to follow a more comfortable winter weather pattern.

Mother Nature is making herself known in Colchester County and the province. On Friday, a major winter storm brought many communities to a stand-still. 

Paula Sutherland, with the Atlantic Storm Prediction Centre in Dartmouth, told the Truro Daily News on Friday that although temperatures “in the next 10 days or so” should be “near normal” temperatures – and even predicted to be 10 degrees on Monday with rain – the next couple of months are expected to be only a bit colder than the normal winter trends.

“Overall for January, we’re looking at … below normal temperatures (by) one to two degrees. Normal temperatures for January is a low of -10 to a high of -1,” said Sutherland. “For the whole season, January and February, models are indicating near normal temperatures.”

That certainly wasn’t the case on Friday when a major winter storm walloped the majority of Nova Scotia, causing whiteout conditions in many areas and compromised road conditions.

In Colchester County, all Chignecto Central Regional School Board work locations, including offices, garages and schools, were closed and many businesses closed by early afternoon as did municipal offices. Sutherland confirmed as of mid-Friday afternoon, about five centimetres of snow fell in the Truro area and another 10 cms were expected to fall Friday night before the storm ended.

Truro police and Colchester RCMP told this paper that of as late Friday afternoon there were no accidents reported other than that of a deer that crashed in front of a vehicle on East Prince Street at about 8:30 a.m. There were no injuries.

“Not many people are on the roads. Hardly anybody is out,” said Cpl. Addie Maccallum of the RCMP.

Truro police also said it was quiet throughout the day Friday.

Twitter: tdnMonique

Organizations: Atlantic Storm Prediction Centre, Truro Daily News, Chignecto Central Regional School Board RCMP

Geographic location: Truro, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Colchester County East Prince Street

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