Spring storm hammers Tantramar

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The sun may be shining today, but many residents in the Tantramar area are still digging out from yesterday’s wild spring storm, which dumped about 40 centimetres of snow on the region and packed winds topping 100 km/h.

The storm, which closed all schools in District 2 and affected several businesses on Wednesday and Thursday, acted just as forecasters with Environment Canada thought it would.

Tracey Talbot said the storm formed off the eastern United States and rapidly intensified as it approached the Maritimes.

Talbot said volunteer observers in neighbouring Amherst, N.S., had the town receiving 40 centimetres of snow.

“The snow was pretty much what we thought we’d get, but it was the wind that was causing the biggest problems,” Talbot said. “We had gusts in the range of 80 to 100 km/h along with some coastal gusts of 142 km/h.”

And the storm had similar affects throughout the Atlantic region. Grand Etang in Cape Breton had a gust of 172 km/h, while the Wreckhouse area around Stephenville, N.L. set a record wind gust at 185 km/h.

Approximately 170 kilometers of the Trans-Canada Highway between Truro and Moncton were closed for several hours, including the road across the Tantramar Marsh between Sackville and Amherst, and the 44-kilometre Cobequid Pass.

And it appears we might not be out of the woods just yet. Environment Canada is forecasting another system to bring a mix of snow and freezing rain to the region on Sunday.

“We’re watching another system that will form off the eastern seaboard of the United States and bring a messy mix  . . .,” said Talbot.

“It won’t be as bad as this one was, but it will bring some snow, freezing rain and rain (to the region).

“It’s still several days out so a lot can change between now and then. People should keep an eye on the forecast.”

– With files from the Amherst News


Organizations: Environment Canada, Trans-Canada Highway, Amherst News

Geographic location: Tantramar, United States, Amherst Atlantic Grand Etang Cape Breton Stephenville Moncton

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