Winter blast expected Wednesday

Kayla Fraser
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Spring has not sprung yet in the Maritimes.

Storm watch

Pictou County is expected to get 25 centimetres of snow and rain on Wednesday, Environment Canada predicts.

The storm is predicted to have very strong winds and significant snowfall, which will limit visibility from blowing snow.

Environment Canada meteorologist Tracey Talbot said the snow is expected to start early Wednesday and continue to fall throughout the day.

“It does have the potential to be a rough storm.”

The snow is expected to start Wednesday morning and will be heavy at times. It is forecast to change over to rain in the afternoon over the eastern half of the mainland and Cape Breton but then change to snow overnight. It is expected to taper off Thursday morning.

She said in Pictou County, the snow might not change to rain, but the snow will be heavy at times.

With the heavy winds, storm surge is also expected.

“We’re looking at some storm surge on the [Northumberland] Strait.”

Some ice in the Strait can get pushed onto the shore, she said.

She said Mother Nature doesn’t always know when spring is coming.

“Getting an intense storm like this isn’t unusual”

She said spring storms are not something people want, but it’s not the first time a major spring storm has happened.

She said people should keep an eye on warnings from Environment Canada for the next 24 hours.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Pictou County, Cape Breton

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