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Multi-day storm hammering N.S., Mounties urge people to stay home

By Steve MacArthur Feb 3, 2024 | 4:00 AM

A major snow storm is hammering much of our province.

The multi-day storm will bring huge snow fall totals with 40 to 80 cm by Monday.

The high end of those snowfall totals are in expected in eastern Nova Scotia and parts of Cape Breton.

Lesser amounts are expected in southwestern Nova Scotia and the Annapolis Valley but high wind gusts could make for white out conditions.

Nova Scotia’s Emergency Management Office (EMO) is urging residents to monitor local weather forecasts.

“If people must travel, they should consult 511 Nova Scotia for information on road conditions.”

Drivers planning to travel through the Cobequid Pass or across the Canso Causeway, in particular, are advised to stay up to date on road conditions.

RCMP are reporting deteriorating weather conditions throughout the province with more snow and wind on the way, they are asking people to stay off the roads.

Public Works say their crews will work throughout the weekend to keep roads as clear as possible.

“This is going to be a long storm, and it will take some time to get roads back to good conditions. If you see a plow, please give it lots of space. Poor visibility and high snowbanks can be dangerous.” – Nova Scotia Public Works

Nova Scotia’s EMO will be monitoring conditions and preparing to offer support if necessary to municipalities.

During winter storms, Nova Scotians are reminded to:
– monitor local weather forecasts
– avoid unnecessary travel and check 511 regularly
– have an emergency kit ready
– stay inside or seek shelter
– get out of the wind to avoid wind chill
– bring pets inside and ensure livestock have shelter and drinking water
– wear several warm layers
– use battery-powered lights or glow sticks and avoid candles
– never use barbecues, camping stoves or fuel-powered heaters indoors
– keep portable generators outside and away from windows

Nova Scotia Power’s outage map can be found by visiting their website.

Anyone looking for emergency supports, including overnight shelter beds, can call 211 to be connected to services in their community.