More win­ter storms could be on the way

Early in­di­ca­tions call for mixed pre­cip­i­ta­tion

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY GREG MCNEIL

Win­ter in Cape Breton to date has been fairly quiet when it comes to snow­storms but that could soon change, ac­cord­ing to the last read­ings from Environment Canada.

The tran­si­tion from mild to messy be­gan with a small storm on Mon­day and con­tin­ued Wed­nes­day when Cape Bre­ton­ers awoke to a slip­pery mix­ture of snow, ice pel­lets and finally freez­ing rain.

Some more slop may very well be on the way by Fri­day.

“It’s been fairly quiet. We went through a pretty sig­nif­i­cant stretch in Jan­uary when we didn’t have a whole lot of storms but cer­tainly the ac­tiv­ity is pick­ing up,” said Environment Canada me­te­o­rol­o­gist Bob Ro­bichaud.

“Whether we are talk­ing about a weak lit­tle sys­tem that we saw on Mon­day and the sys­tem we are see­ing (Wed­nes­day) and then what we are go­ing to see Thurs­day night and into Fri­day. It is go­ing to get more ac­tive.”

The next storm Environment Canada is watch­ing is de­vel­op­ing over the mid-At­lantic states and is ex­pected to track on a north­east­erly path quite close to Nova Sco­tia.

“Right now the main fore­cast­ing chal­lenge is how close is that thing go­ing to come to the coast.”

Should that new sys­tem stay fur­ther off­shore, Nova Sco­tia will see some sig­nif­i­cant snow­fall late Thurs­day and into Fri­day.

“If it looks like it is go­ing to come closer to the coast then there’s no ques­tion that some ar­eas, specif­i­cally along the eastern shore and up into Cape Breton, will see some kind of a changeover or a mix to ice pel­lets and freez­ing rain and pos­si­bly even rain if it comes pretty close.”

Early in­di­ca­tions were for mixed pre­cip­i­ta­tion for Cape Breton that could also mean some blow­ing snow on Fri­day morn­ing. Grad­u­ally im­prov­ing con­di­tions will be no­ticed by late Fri­day morn­ing and later in the day.

“It’s a fast-mov­ing sys­tem. Size-wise, it is not any­thing out of the or­di­nary but it will be in­ten­si­fy­ing rapidly as it tracks south of Nova Sco­tia.”

The low sys­tem that led to Cape Breton-wide can­cel­la­tions and closures on Wed­nes­day tracked north of the St. Lawrence River with a warm front ex­tend­ing over the Mar­itimes that led to snow, ice pel­lets and freez­ing rain.

Ob­ser­va­tions from Syd­ney Airport were that snow started fall­ing at about 5 a.m. on Wed­nes­day, bring­ing about six cen­time­tres. It would later change to a mix­ture of ice pel­lets and then some freez­ing rain and finally rain as tem­per­a­tures rose.

A bet­ter in­di­ca­tion of the kind and amount of pre­cip­i­ta­tion to im­pact Cape Breton on Fri­day will be more read­ily avail­able by Thurs­day morn­ing.

GREG MCNEIL/CAPE BRETON POST

An­drew Car­rier faced driv­ing snow and freez­ing rain as he made his way up Ge­orge Street in Syd­ney Wed­nes­day morn­ing. Car­rier was mak­ing his way to the nearby bus stop that would take him to Cape Breton Uni­ver­sity to be­gin his work day.

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