Snow squalls blow through Vic­to­ria, In­ver­ness coun­ties

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY LAURA JEAN GRANT


— 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.

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