Snow squalls blow through Victoria, Inverness counties
— The white stuff continued to pile up across much of western and northern Cape Breton, Friday, as conditions remained ideal for snow squalls.
Snow squall warnings have been in effect off-and-on for the last several days in Inverness and Victoria counties, producing up to 30 cm of snow throughout the week in some regions.
Environment Canada meteorologist Cindy Vallis said Friday that snowfall amounts vary widely from community to community in the impacted regions.
“ The issue with snow squalls is that the bands can be quite narrow, just a few kilometres across. An area under a snow squall for six or eight hours can (receive) upwards of a foot of snow and a few kilometres down the road they didn’t receive anything or just trace amounts so it’s really hard to get amounts,” she said.
Vallis did speak with Environment Canada volunteer weather watchers in Margaree Forks and Neils Harbour, Friday, and said they were reporting anywhere from 15-25 cm of snow over the past week.
“All of this is of course associated with a low pressure system that’s well to our east but is maintaining a cold northwesterly flow, so it’s generating some snow squalls, some bands of flurries that have been developing as the air flows across the Gulf of St. Lawrence and impacts on the highlands,” explained Vallis.
The snow and local blowing snow forced the cancellation of classes Friday for all schools north of Cape Smokey, as well as at Baddeck Academy, Rankin School of the Narrows in Iona, the Cape Breton Highlands Academy and Education Centre in Belle Cote, and the Inverness Academy and Education Centre in Inverness.
According to Environment Canada, the forecast for today in Inverness County and Victoria County calls for a mix of sun and cloud with a chance of flurries and local blowing snow, flurries again tonight giving 2-4 cm, and cloudy skies and a chance of flurries for Sunday.
Elsewhere in Cape Breton, today’s forecast calls for a mix of sun and cloud with a chance of flurries and local blowing snow, and cloudy skies and a chance of flurries on Sunday.