Storm Watch - Dec. 18

John Brannen
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A look at weather in Pictou County

A look outside The News office this morning.

Today, 18 December

Snow at times heavy becoming mixed with rain late this afternoon. Snowfall amount 20 to 30 cm. Local blowing snow. Wind becoming east 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning then becoming north 30 gusting to 50 this afternoon. High plus 1.

Tonight, 18 December

Periods of snow ending before morning then mainly cloudy. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Local blowing snow. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 70 becoming west 30 gusting to 50 overnight. Low minus 11.

Thursday, 19 December

Mainly cloudy. A few flurries beginning early in the evening. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light in the afternoon. High minus 4.

Friday, 20 December

Cloudy. Low minus 10 except minus 5 along the Strait. High zero.

Saturday, 21 December

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 1. High zero.

Sunday, 22 December

Periods of freezing rain or rain. Low minus 3. High plus 2.

Monday, 23 December

Cloudy. Low minus 3. High minus 3.

Tuesday, 24 December

A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 8. High minus 6.

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Winter storm warning for Pictou County upgraded from Winter storm watch

15 to 30 centimet res of snow with blowing snow expected today.

This is a warning that dangerous winter weather conditions are expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.

A low pressure system currently southwest of the province will intensify as it tracks northeastward along the Atlantic coastline to lie over Cape Breton early this evening.

Snow is already falling over the western half of the province and will quickly spread eastward this morning. Snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 centimetres are expected for the province with about 10 centimetres expected along the Atlantic coast as there will be a changeover to rain for those areas. Strengthening winds today will create blowing snow causing reduced visibilities for many regions. Snow is expected to taper to flurries this afternoon over western regions and this evening for eastern regions except for exposed areas of Cape Breton where snow will persist tonight.

In addition Les Suetes winds gusting to 130 km/h are forecast this afternoon as the low approaches Cape Breton.

The public is advised to monitor future forecasts as additional warnings may be required 

Geographic location: Cape Breton, Atlantic

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  • weatherwatcher
    December 18, 2013 - 11:26

    Really is that bad out? Have we become so soft that we need to close businesses mid day because the roads are a little messy. I worry for our future generations if this is the example we are setting, It's winter in Canada people and we used to pride ourselves on surviving nasty winters. I guess we can might as well just join the United States now because when they panic over a few centimetres of snow, we do the same.