Update: Winter arrives in Kings County

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Schools closed, power outages

A plow attempts to clear snow from the parking lot at County Fair Mall. - Kirk Starratt

Update 10:10 a.m. - Power has been restored in the Canning area. 

 

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The possibility of a white Christmas is looking more likely today, as winter makes itself known in Kings County.

All schools are closed today and over 200 Canning residents are without power as Environment Canada continues its snowfall warning for Kings County. Up to 15 centimetres of snow is expected by this evening.

 

According to Environment Canada's website, this is a warning that significant snowfall is expected in the regions. Residents are being urged to monitor weather conditions and listen for updated statements.

 

A low pressure system to the south of Nova Scotia will continue to give rain and gusty winds over Southern Nova Scotia today. An additional 10 to 20 millimeters of rain is expected by this afternoon. As temperatures begin to cool, the rain is expected to change over to snow, especially over inland areas. Five to 10 centimeters of snow is possible this evening.

 

Over Northern Nova Scotia, snow will continue today. An additional 10 centimeters is expected. Rain over areas south of the Minas basin this morning will turn to snow this afternoon. Total amounts of 15 centimetres of snow are forecast for Annapolis, Kings and Hants counties by this evening.

 

Rough pounding surf and possible higher than normal water levels at the high tides are expected today along the Atlantic coast.

Meanwhile, Nova Scotia Power is saying approximately 258 customers in Canning, Habitant, Kingsport, Medford, Delhaven, Pereau, Woodside, Blomidon, Scotts Bay, Bennets Bay, Ross Creek and adjacent side streets are without power this morning. The cause of the outage, which occurred at 8:45 a.m., is being investigated. The estimated time for power to be restored is 10:45 a.m.

The Annapolis Valley Regional School Board announced all schools were closed today due to the impending weather.  

Organizations: Environment Canada, Nova Scotia Power, Annapolis Valley Regional School Board

Geographic location: Kings, Canning, Nova Scotia Southern Nova Scotia Annapolis Hants Scotts Bay Bennets Bay Ross Creek

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