TRURO – Colchester County residents are being warned to prepare for an “intense” storm on Wednesday.
Tracey Talbot, a meteorologist in Dartmouth, told the Truro Daily News on Monday that a winter-like snowstorm is expected to hit Nova Scotia this week. For Colchester County specifically, Talbot said there could be between 30 to 45 cms of snow.
“The snow will begin near dawn Wednesday with (as-of-yet-undetermined winds) picking up and blowing snow throughout the day and then tapering off Wednesday night or Thursday morning,” Talbot said, adding drifting snow “even after the snow stops” could be an issue.
Many people are already comparing the storm to white Juan from 2004, however, Talbot said that’s not necessarily accurate.
“It will be an intense storm and every storm is different … but it’s not necessarily fair to say it’s another white Juan.”
Talbot said as of Monday morning, it was too early to issue warnings or alerts, however, a “special statement” on Environment Canada’s website does warn about the “very intense low pressure system” heading this way.
“It’s too early to say for sure … it could change to rain, but probably not in the Colchester area,” said Talbot, adding, “travel will be quite a challenge” that day.
Officials said a snowstorm is not uncommon in March.
Robert Levine, the Colchester County-based emergency measures co-ordinator, reminds people not to panic.
“It’s wait-and-see,” what will happen, said Levine. “But I don’t think anyone can make any comparisons to white Juan, which was about 90 cms of now.”
Levine advises the public to use proper caution as they would for any storm and “stock up … use the self-sustainable 72-hour rule.”