South Shore schools shut down ahead of winter storm

South Shore schools have called it a day, with heavy snow and rain, and high winds still in the forecast for Thursday, January 4th.

The South Shore Regional School Board has shut down all schools in Lunenburg and Queens Counties, although the board office remains open.

The NSCC has also closed its campuses for the day, including the one in Lunenburg.

In Lunenburg County, Environment Canada is calling for 15 to 20 cm of snow. The forecaster predicts heavy rains as well and warns the frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb the rainfall.

Snow and ice pellets will develop Thursday morning ahead of this system but are expected to quickly change to rain over Atlantic coastal regions. Rain at times heavy will continue into this evening then change to flurries overnight. Total rainfall amounts of 30 to 50 millimetres are expected.

Environment Canada advises that is important to note that due to the frozen ground, rain may initially freeze on contact with the cold ground and very little of the rainfall will be absorbed so water pooling in low lying areas is likely.

Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.

The forecast also calls for very strong easterly winds gusting to 100 km/h are forecast to develop over the entire province of Nova Scotia today. Over exposed areas near the coast these winds could gust as high as 130 km/h with the strongest gusts along parts of the Atlantic coast this afternoon.

Very strong south to southwesterly winds generally gusting to 110 km/h with potential gusts to 140 km/h along parts of the Atlantic coast will develop tonight and into Friday morning as the intense storm tracks north of the province.

High winds may cause numerous downed trees and damage may occur from blowing debris. Store or anchor objects so they are not tossed by the wind causing injury or damage.

Environment Canada alerts for Queens County advise of 30 to 50 mm of rain, and high winds up to 130 km/h.

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