HALIFAX – Another storm is expected to bring a mixed bag of nasty weather to the Atlantic provinces.
Environment Canada says a low-pressure system will approach the Maritimes Monday, crossing Nova Scotia on Tuesday. For Metro Halifax and Halifax County West, the national weather forecaster has issued winter storm, rainfall and flash freeze warnings. Environment Canada says the rainfall could lead to localized flooding in low-lying areas.
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The Halifax Regional municipality is warning of poor road conditions Monday afternoon and into Tuesday.
“With the weather that’s coming we will certainly see deteriorated road conditions, driving conditions won’t be ideal,” said Darrin Natolino, superintendent of winter operations. “Roads will get slippery, and we’re seeing a shift to rain and freezing rain over night, so that creates an added challenge of icing on any road that we bare off so …driving conditions will certainly be tricky.”
The cold weather also means that salt on the roads is less effective, said Natolino.
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New Brunswick is expected to get hit with blizzard conditions, where up to 40 centimetres of snow is expected in some areas.
Parts of Prince Edward Island are also bracing for about 30 centimetres of snow.
The storm is expected to make its way to Newfoundland and Labrador on Tuesday, bringing high winds and heavy snow to some areas.
Nova Scotia launches plow-tracking website
The province launched new websites that will give residents information about where plows are working and what the priority roads are for snow clearing and salting.
The plow-tracking website shows where plows are working across the province. Halifax doesn’t have a website for its plows, however, the provincial website shows where plows are working on the 100-series highways in and around the Halifax region. At this point the city has no plans to introduce a plow-tracking website, said Jennifer Stairs, senior communications advisor with the city.
The plowing priorities website identifies which roads will be cleared first and how quickly. For example, in the Halifax area, highways 101 and 102 is a top priority road and will be cleared within eight hours following the end of a snow fall.
With files from