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Latest storm to hit Nova Scotia a tough one to forecast: Environment Canada

Original freezing rain forecast turned to ice pellets and snow instead, accumulating to about 15 centimetres, with fears of much more.

Felix Webber-Rillie, aged 3, yells as he speeds down the back side of Citadel Hill Sunday afternoon. Halifax received a fresh dumping of snow on Saturday.

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Felix Webber-Rillie, aged 3, yells as he speeds down the back side of Citadel Hill Sunday afternoon. Halifax received a fresh dumping of snow on Saturday.

The latest storm to hit the region was a tough one to call, according to Environment Canada.

“Early on, it was tough for our (meteorologists) to pinpoint the exact track and intensity of the low-pressure system,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Jeffrey Hilliard on Sunday.

“Essentially, we had a freezing rain warning out initially for portions of mainland Nova Scotia, and that mostly ended up being ice pellets and snow instead.”

The storm dumped about 15 centimetres on most of the Halifax regional municipality, though wind might’ve made it seem like more than that.

“We definitely had some areas of drifting, and potentially reduced visibilities and blowing snow,” Hilliard said.

The municipality didn’t bear the true brunt of the storm, though, even though a winter storm warning issued Saturday afternoon said the Halifax region would get anywhere between 20 and 35 centimetres.

“Along the spine of mainland Nova Scotia was the area hardest hit,” Hilliard said.

Those areas were hit by as much as 40 centimetres of snow, tapering off to 20 to 30 centimetres for the valley and between 10 and 20 centimetres for much of Cumberland County, and Truro.

Hilliard wouldn’t speculate as to whether winter would get much worse than this for the region, but said of course everyone is hoping for a less-hectic winter than the last, which he called an “anomaly.”

“I would say that this storm is kind of typical of a winter storm we’d see for this area,” he said of Saturday night’s storm.

He said there was a weak low pressure system coming for the region Monday night, but Environment Canada is only forecasting up to five centimetres of snow.

“Definitely I wouldn’t call it a winter storm, but not really any reprieve from precipitation till after Monday,” he said.

Hilliard said it looks like the region is “pretty good for a while” after that.

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