WINDSOR, N.S. - The heavy snow was perhaps a little later than expected, but when it arrived, it didn’t hold back.
Thunder could be heard rolling overhead as heavy snow and high winds pelted Windsor. According to Saltwire chief meteorologist Cindy Day, ‘thundersnow’ is fairly unusual but happens with snow falling as the primary precipitation instead of rain. It typically falls in an area with strong updrafts on the colder side of an extratropical cyclone.
Those brave enough to drive did so cautiously and slowly, with many local businesses shutting down and King’s Transit pulling its buses off the roads early due to conditions.
In the midst of the cascading whiteness blanketing Windsor’s main thoroughfare, a pop of red and black and a shovel can be seen - making a small foothold in the slowly rising piles of snow.
Twelve-year-old Raymond Hart had the day off school – all Annapolis Valley schools were closed March 22 due to the weather forecast - but he was keeping busy helping a neighbourhood business keep their entryway clear.
He was returning a favour from earlier.
“I saw Mr. Hopper take a ladder inside, and he was having some trouble, so I held the door for him and he gave me some money,” Hart said. “So I just wanted to repay him for doing that for me.”
Despite Hart’s intention to provide the good deed free of charge, the shopkeep paid him $8 for his services.
The storm is expected to bring up to 15 to 20 centimetres of snow over Hants and Kings counties on March 22, turning to rain and ice pellets later in the day.
“When I woke up, I was kind of disappointed that there wasn’t any snow, because normally on a snow day there’s snow on the ground,” Hart said. “Now that there is snow, I’m glad there wasn’t any school.”
When he goes home, Hart said he plans to play with his new baby goats.