Spring blizzard on its way!

The hype for tomorrow’s storm is growing! Although it is sunny and beautiful today (although quite cold), by tomorrow we are supposed to be knee+ deep in snow with hurricane force winds and employees are being warned they may not make it home from work until Thursday if they head out in the morning.

I heard the high tide in Halifax tomorrow may break records!

Even our provincial government’s Emergency Measures department is warning everyone to have 72 hours worth of supplies. I just went to the grocery store and got sushi, chips & dip, and salad, so I think we’ll make it 🙂

10:48 AM ADT Tuesday 25 March 2014
Blizzard warning in effect for:

Antigonish County
Heavy snow and widespread blowing snow on Wednesday.

This is a warning that blizzard conditions with near-zero visibilities are expected in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.

A low pressure system developing off the U.S. seaboard today is forecast to intensify rapidly as it tracks toward the Maritimes on Wednesday. The storm is expected to track near Sable Island Wednesday evening before moving on to Newfoundland on Thursday.

Snow is forecast to begin overnight in Southwestern Nova Scotia and spread to the remainder of the province Wednesday morning. The snow is expected to change to rain late in the day over the eastern half of the mainland and Cape Breton. Elsewhere the snow is expected to taper off Wednesday night. Strong northeast winds will develop during the day Wednesday and gusts up to 100 km/h are possible later Wednesday afternoon and evening. These very strong winds combined with heavy snow will cause widespread whiteout conditions in blowing snow. In general between 25 to 40 centimetres of snow can be expected with this system over most of Nova Scotia. However, some areas over Western and Northern Nova Scotia could locally see in excess of 50 cm, and given the extensive blowing and drifting snow there could be significant variability in snow amounts received within any forecast region.

Additionally on Wednesday afternoon and evening higher than normal water levels combined with rapidly rising wave activity may produce local flooding along much of the Atlantic coast of Mainland Nova Scotia during the high tide late Wednesday. These high water levels combined with the heavy pounding surf could give rise to some coastal erosion in some areas. In the Northumberland Strait water levels will also rise Wednesday evening but appear not to coincide with high tide.

Les Suetes winds gusting up to 160 km/h are expected to develop late Wednesday afternoon and diminish Wednesday evening.

Here is our current front lawn view:

daybeforespringblizzard

Lisa

Lisa (Verkley) Schuyler is a blogger reporting live from her new home in Canada's Yukon Territory. Often found wearing a hoodie, covered in pet hair, Lisa is a mis-placed forester who now spends her days engineering happiness for WordPress users. Lisa loves nature, animals, and most importantly, her handsome husband Jeff.

One Reply to “Spring blizzard on its way!”

  1. And the government just issued a press release for the storm!

    Precautions Advised for Snow Storm
    Emergency Management Office/Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
    March 25, 2014 3:24 PM
    A blizzard warning has been issued for Wednesday, March 26, and the Emergency Management Office and RCMP are advising Nova Scotians to take precautions.

    “We are monitoring the storm closely to ensure we have the most up-to-date information,” said Lena Diab, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “With heavy snowfall and very high winds a possibility, it’s important to prepare emergency kits that include enough supplies for 72 hours.”

    An emergency kit should include a flashlight, crank radio, water, a first-aid kit and food that will not spoil.

    “We ask people to use good judgment before they consider venturing out tomorrow, and to pay attention to the watches and warnings,” said Supt. Darrell Beaton, acting officer-in-charge of criminal operations for the RCMP in Nova Scotia. “If you travel, there is potential to get stranded and place yourself in harm’s way.”

    Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan said expected strong winds could make driving hazardous.

    “Stay off the roads if possible but, if you must travel, check the 511 road information line for updates,” said Mr. MacLellan. “Be especially aware for possible closures in windy areas such as the Canso Causeway, the Cobequid Pass, and the Tantramar Marshes.”

    The public should take precautions for potential storm surges, particularly in flood-prone areas.

    Nova Scotians are also urged to stay away from beaches and the water’s edge.

    People are encouraged to check on those who may be vulnerable or living alone, to see if they need assistance. Pets should also be brought indoors.

    For more information on emergency preparedness, visit http://novascotia.ca/just/EMO/prepare_for_an_emergency/ .

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