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Snowfall warning in effect for Inverness County

By Joe Thomson May 8, 2023 | 11:42 AM

A snowy scene in the Cape Breton Highlands on Tuesday morning, May 9.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner which means it’s time to break out the snowshoes. At least if you’re living in Inverness County.

Environment Canada is forecasting between 15 and 25 cm of snow for the Cape Breton Highlands. Conditions are expected to start this evening and will continue through the night and into Tuesday morning. The majority of the snowfall will be focused on the peaks of the mountains in the highlands, but some snow will make it’s way into lower areas.

Meteorologist Ian Hubbard spoke about how the snowstorm came to be.

“This is definitely a unique situation. Basically what we’re seeing is there’s a very weak low pressure system that’s going to be passing over Cape Breton tonight, and in behind that, we’re going to see some northwesterly winds, and it’s going to be bringing in some cooler air, and that cooler air is going to be responsible for the snow over that part of the province and particularly Western Cape Breton,” said Hubbard.

He also said that it is the first time since 2007 that a snowfall warning has been issued in Nova Scotia in May.

Officials are warning of periods of blowing snow and poor visibility. The conditions are expected to clear up on Tuesday afternoon, as wind speeds die down and the snow eases up.

Let’s hope you didn’t put away the winter boots just yet.


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