Winter wallop expected Sunday

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PICTOU COUNTY - Pictou County and the rest of the province should expect their first major winter storm this weekend.

Nova Scotia is expected to be hit with a major storm this Sunday.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Nova Scotia and meteorologist Paula Sutherland is predicting up to 30 cm of snow may fall Sunday into Monday.

“The storm hasn’t actually formed yet and the models are constantly changing, but the latest indication is there will be a major snowfall in that part of Nova Scotia,” Sutherland said.

Sutherland said a low pressure system is forecast to form in the southern United States early Saturday and move off the coast of Virginia. From there it’s supposed to hug the Atlantic coastline before skirting coastal Nova Scotia.

Just how close to Nova Scotia the storm comes is anyone’s guess with some models suggesting it will stay far enough out to sea to only affect the Eastern Shore, while other models have it coming closer to the province.

“As it approaches the region it will intensify,” Sutherland said. “We’re expecting some snowfall over most of the Maritimes, especially the mainland of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton.”

It will be less of a snow event in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Sutherland said the forecast will be updated frequent as the storm approaches.

She said it’s too early to determine whether this snow will stick around to ensure a white Christmas, although she pointed out temperatures are supposed to remain below freezing through most of next week.

“Chances are that if we get that much snow, chances are it will stick around for awhile,” she said.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, United States, Virginia Eastern Shore Cape Breton New Brunswick Prince Edward Island

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