TRURO – A “fast and intense” storm will be making its way through the area Wednesday.
Tracey Talbot, a meteorologist in Dartmouth, told the Truro Daily News on Tuesday afternoon the forecast for Wednesday “is pretty much the same” as what was predicted earlier in the week.
Snow will begin in the morning with about 30 cms expected to fall in Colchester County.
“We will get a lot of snow fast. It’s a storm that’s moving fast and intense … what we get will come fast and hard,” said Talbot, adding high winds, throughout the day up to 100 km/hr, will cause blizzard conditions “for a few hours.”
One change, Talbot said, is that Colchester County is expected to see about five mm of rain starting late afternoon, mixing with snow. On Monday, Environment Canada indicated this area probably wouldn’t get the rain.
“It doesn’t look like freezing rain,” Talbot added.
Temperature wise, Talbot predicted a high of about zero and a low of -3. Flurries and wind gusts are expected overnight and into the early hours of Thursday.
James Webster, area manager of the Transportation and Infrastructural Renewal Department in Bible Hill, told this paper “it’s just another storm for us … it’s
still the winter season for the department and we’re 100 per cent ready.”
Webster said staff continue to be on 24/7 until Sunday, at which time they return to non-winter status and are staffed typical week days and during major weather events.
One difference this storm, said Webster, is that a pilot project will be used. A direct liquid application of salt and water will be used on roads via two tankers in the county; in the past only salt applications were used. A main tanker attends to the highways and has been used for a few weeks.
The mixture “is applied before the storm and prevents snow buildup and speeds up the cleanup (process) post storm,” Webster said.
Businesses in the area were preparing for the storm as well on Tuesday. While some local gas stations
said they weren’t busier than usual, others indicated an increase in traffic.
Dave Corkum, assistant manager of Atlantic Superstore in Truro, said extra staff was brought in today to handle possible crowds.
“It was a little busier in the day … but nobody is panicking,” said Corkum, adding he expected more people would pick up last-minute items later in the evening.
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