Third storm in a week buries Nova Scotia

Heavy snow, wind to continue into Thursday night


Published on February 16, 2017

The third snowstorm in a week is burying most of mainland Nova Scotia in heavy snow.

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AMHERST, N.S. – Shubenacadie Sam is probably in the Witness Protection Program.

Two weeks after the furry prognosticator predicted an early spring, Nova Scotia is enduring its third snowstorm in a week.

We live in a spot where you get the warm waters of the Atlantic and the Gulf Stream and the cold air to the north. We’re right in that area where it’s a haven for these things to form and intensify rapidly. Bob Robichaud, Environment Canada

“He’s probably gone missing, or hiding in the woods,” Environment Canada meteorologist Bob Robichaud said Thursday. “I don’t expect he’ll be coming out anytime soon.”

Between 20 and 30 centimetres of snow was forecast to fall on most of the province during the day Thursday, including much of northern Nova Scotia and the Annapolis Valley.

The latest storm comes just 72 hours after another weather bomb dumped between 40 and 60 centimetres on Monday and Tuesday.

While not as strong as the storm earlier this week, Robichaud said, winds are still powerful and could gust up to 80 km/h later today, creating hazardous conditions in blowing and drifting snow.

The storm has closed schools and government offices while many businesses chose not to open.

Robichaud said it’s not usual to have three storms in a week. What is different, is three storms successive storms classified as bombs in that the central pressure drops quickly. It’s these storms that are most severe with heavy snow and intense winds.

“We live in a spot where you get the warm waters of the Atlantic and the Gulf Stream and the cold air to the north. We’re right in that area where it’s a haven for these things to form and intensify rapidly,” he said.

The good news is, better weather is around the corner. Robichaud said most of the models are calling for calmer weather over the next week. There are a few systems expected to pass, but they won’t create much snow.

He is watching a system for late next week that’s expected to pass to the west of the region bringing with it rain and milder temperatures.

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