Spring may be on the calendar for Wednesday but the sweet smells the season can bring sure won’t be in the air this week.
As the thought of blooming flowers and buzzing bees floats through the minds of many in Halifax, Environment Canada is forecasting two significant snow events in the coming days.
Meteorologist Paula Sutherland says on top of the 10 to 15 centimeters of snow we can expect overnight Tuesday, another 15 centimetres could fall Thursday night into Friday, prompting HRM to activate the overnight winter parking ban tonight, March 19.
The first snowfall is expected to start around 9 p.m Tuesday with the possibility of ice pellets or freezing rain. On Thursday night the snow is expected to start around the same time and should include a change over to rain.
“It can still change, we’re looking at four days away before Friday,” Sutherland said of the second storm. “I wouldn’t hang my hat on the start time either.”
On the bright side, Sutherland says temperatures will start to come up by the weekend. She expects it to be around 4 C on Saturday and Sunday, and the next couple of weeks look warm and mostly dry.
“There are signs of spring,” she said.
As for this week, Sutherland says there are special warnings out for Tuesday night and it’s not unusual to have so much snow coming this close to spring. — Metro Halifax