9:15 p.m, Feb. 13, 2017: As the storm continues overnight, we advise residents to stay in place if possible. While the storm is taking place, blowing snow has reduced visibility, and the snow has caused poor road conditions. Snow plowing is taking place according to standards set by the Department of Transportation and the Region of Queens Public Works Department. It will take time to plow all areas and ensure roads are passable; residents's patience is appreciated while the crews work around the clock to ensure the roads and our communities are safe.
The high tide this evening will bring higher than normal water levels and those in coastal areas should be aware of this.
An update will be issued in the morning.
1 p.m., Feb. 13, 2017: Public Advisory
Please be advised that as a result of the power outages in West Caledonia and South Brookfield, a comfort centre has been set up at the North Queens Fire Department, 9793 Hwy. 8, Caledonia, NS. Please share this information with those who may need this service.
12:45 pm, February 13, 2017: A recent update indicates That the the blizzard conditions should be dropping off around 3:00 p.m. in Queens County. The current conditions being experienced are the more severe part of the storm. As predicted Queens & Lunenburg counties have had the most impact along the South Shore, with highest snowfall totals still expected to be from Queens, Lunenburg and to western Halifax Counties where 40 to 60 cm is still a reasonable estimate. Winds are expected to continue to pick up in most areas today.
At this time, there are no major power problems reported, but the power situation is being monitored closely.
The water has caused some problems along the shoreline in Queens, with water levels already running on the high side and surge magnitudes are actually higher than the model prediction. The model that is used to advise on the storm impact may be underestimating the surge at this point. This will be something to monitor closely this morning then again this evening. Residents in some areas have been notified of high sea & wave levels limiting the use of certain highways.
We continue to ask that unless it is required travel, that residents stay indoors. Until the storm subsides, road conditions and visibility will be poor.
Another update will be posted later today.
9:02 am, Feb. 13,2017:The weather system is moving through the province as predicted in earlier weather briefings. There is currently snow, at times heavy, with widespread blizzard/whiteout conditions present throughout parts of the province. Strong east to northeast winds gusting in the western part of the province and the Atlantic Coast in the 90 to 110 km/h range with possible higher gusts right at the coast. The storm surge is still expected along the Atlantic Coast. Currently, a Blizzard Warning and Storm Surge Warning are in effect for Queens County. To check the status, please refer to. http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=ns
At the time of writing this briefing, there were few power outages reported in Queens. NS Power is reporting active outages in other parts of NS, and has approximately 150 crews to address other potential outages.
In the interest of public safety, travel should be limited. The blowing snow and high winds have created poor road conditions, poor visibility and generally hazardous driving/walking conditions.
A further update is expected to be issued later this afternoon.
10:00 pm, Feb. 13, 2017: As there have been no changes to the forecast, the next update is expected to be posted at approximately noon, Monday, February 13, 2017.
3:50 pm, Feb. 12, 2017: With regard to the upcoming storm system that is forecast to arrive this evening, we would like to advise residents to make preparations to stay in place for 72 hours, and to limit travel. It is expected that there will be poor road conditions, poor visibility and generally hazardous driving/walking conditions. It is advisable to have food and water in for your household for a 72 hour period, for storm preparedness.
Checklist for a blizzard:
* Check your emergency kit
* Stay home & bring pets inside
* Turn up the heat
* Charge your devices
If an emergency occurs during the storm, call 911. Everyone must prepare today and monitor various media for updates.
February 11, 2017, Liverpool, NS: A winter storm watch is in effect for Queens County in anticipation of an incoming weather system expected to begin on Sunday evening and continue into Monday. Winter storm watches are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together. Indications are that Queens County will experience very bad weather, and a risk of damage to property.
Residents of Queens are advised to be prepared for a severe weather system. There will be heavy snowfall, very strong winds, higher than normal water levels, and wave levels of 5 meters maximum along the shore in Queens County. There may be power outages, coastal flooding, and impassable road conditions. Residents should be aware of the possibilities this storm will present and take extra precautions.
The Weather Office of Environment Canada has indicated that the centre of the storm has formed and was located in Kansas on Saturday morning. It will move to lie off the coast of New Jersey by Sunday evening, where it will intensify very rapidly (rapidly enough to classify it as a weather bomb). From there, it is expected to track into the Gulf of Maine then head slowly eastward out to sea.
With a storm of this magnitude in close proximity to Nova Scotia, heavy snow (projected to be between 25 and 50 centimetres in Queens County), very strong winds (possibly in excess of 100 km/hour in Queens County), and high water levels along the Atlantic Coast are expected. Storm tracking indicates that the South Shore is the area to get the worst of this storm.
This type of scenario also produces higher than normal water levels along the Atlantic Coast, combined with the high tide on Monday. The highest storm surge is along the South Shore at 80 – 90 centimetres, but in Queens, the highest surge is expected to occur during low tide. This could produce some localized flooding.
The Region of Queens Municipality will continue to provide residents with updates on the storm on the Region’s website (https://www.regionofqueens.com ), and Region of Queens Facebook and Twitter pages. The next update is expected to be approximately 7:30 p.m., Sunday evening.