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Nova Scotia Power preparing for fourth winter storm in two weeks

The utility recommends charging electronic devices and making plans in the event there are storm-related outages
Nova Scotia Power building in Halifax (Meghan Groff/

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia Power crews are preparing for another winter storm with snow, ice pellets, freezing rain, rain and gusty winds all expected across the province Wednesday evening into Thursday. 

In Halifax, News 95.7 weather specialist John Wilson expects the snow to begin falling around 5 p.m. Wednesday and change to ice pellets and rain sometime Thursday morning. 

Between five and ten centimetres of snow and ice pellets are possible before the changeover to rain, with a chance of freezing rain in between. 

Heavy winds from the northeast will once again be an issue with the incoming low pressure system, with gusts expected around 60 km/h. Reduced visibility is also a possibility because of blowing snow, Environment Canada warns. 

Four storms in two weeks in the region have caused havoc on the electrical grid, with heavy winds, fallen trees and other debris causing damage to Nova Scotia Power equipment across the province. 

The utility said in a news release Wednesday afternoon that it had crews on standby monitoring the forecast, including contractors from New Brunswick. 

“We know everyone’s patience is wearing thin – we are all ready for spring to really arrive,” Nova Scotia Power Vice President of Transmission Paul Casey said in the release. 

“We are doing everything we can to reduce storm impacts on our customers as we face the reality of more frequent and powerful storms.”

Residents are asked to be prepared in the event of a power outage with a 72-hour emergency kit that includes non-perishable food, batteries, candles, a flashlight and other necessities. 

More storm preparedness tips can be found here.


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