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Happy New Year!!!

Wishing all my friends a Happy, healthy, safe and blessed New Year!!!

We are supposed to be walloped with a blizzard here on the East Coast tonight, so many people have cancelled their New Year's Eve plans and are staying home. I was almost one of them, but when I called Valerie to say that I didn't think we would make it, she said that we can always stay at her place if the roads get too bad for driving. So...after making sure it wasn't too much of a pain for us to stay, I decided that we will still go and take her up on her offer, if need be. I feel a bit hesitant though, because she already has a good friend and her daughter staying with her (not to mention friends of her own children!), so am not convinced she needs the added hassle of finding room for Dave and I too, but...I was really looking forward to this evening, so we're going anyway! But am hoping the storm doesn't hit until later than expected and we can drive home...but if worse comes to worse, I guess we'll just have to play the part of those annoying party guests who overstay their welcome!

Ok, just as I finished typing the above note, the phone rang and it was Valerie...calling to reinforce that YES we are welcome to stay overnight and she even has a real bed for us. She figured I was home having second thoughts about going...I said no, not second thoughts exactly, but told her that I had literally just written in my blog about feeling hesitant about staying so what a bizarre coincidence that she called just at that moment. She said it was her psychic powers...I think she was just worried about missing out on the yummy, yummy eggrolls I am bringing! (I told her I was bringing some awesome meat eggrolls - Jean's Chinese Restaurant in Halifax has a buy one, get one free deal on right now - who can resist that?! I myself ordered 4 dozen for the price of 2...) lol

Salute! (A glass of champagne always goes down nicely on this night of the year!) and Peace to all on this wonderful night!

From the Environment Canada website, here is what we have to look forward to:

Warnings
Halifax Metro and Halifax County West
3:53 PM AST Wednesday 31 December 2008
Blizzard warning for
Halifax Metro and Halifax County West continued

Blizzard conditions expected for late this evening and new years day.

This is a warning that blizzard conditions with near-zero visibilities are expected in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.

...Major winter storm to give blizzard conditions to Nova Scotia later tonight and Thursday...

A deepening low pressure system southeast of Cape Cod late this afternoon will continue to intensify as it tracks northeastward. The low will continue to intensify as it tracks parallel to the Nova Scotia coast tonight and will lie near Sable Island Thursday morning. The low will move east of Cape Breton later Thursday afternoon as a very intense winter storm.

Snow from this system has already moved into southwestern Nova Scotia as of late this afternoon and will spread northeastward to the remainder of the province this evening. Snow will become heavy at times tonight..And this combined with strengthening northeast winds will give occasional near zero visibilities in snow and blowing snow. Snow will ease off over western Nova Scotia Thursday morning but will persist over the eastern mainland and Cape Breton until late in the day. Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 centimetres are likely over western sections of the province...While the rest of the mainland could receive 25 to 40 centimetres with locally higher amounts possible especially over eastern areas. Cape Breton will likely see between 30 and 50 centimetres with locally 60 centimetres possible in some areas before snow tapers to flurries Thursday evening.

Strong northeasterly winds will develop as the low approaches tonight then shift to very strong northerly winds Thursday morning as the low passes southeast of the province. Mainland Nova Scotia will likely see wind gusts of 80 to 100 km/h with locally higher gusts possible over some exposed locations. Cape Breton will see wind gusts to 100 km/h with some exposed areas possibly gusting to near 120 km/h on Thursday. These very strong winds will give widespread blowing snow and white out conditions...As well as cold wind chill values...To much of Nova Scotia on Thursday. Winds will ease somewhat over southwestern Nova Scotia Thursday afternoon but strong winds and blizzard conditions will persist over eastern sections until late Thursday evening or Friday morning.

In addition..Higher than normal waters levels can be expected Thursday afternoon and evening for the Northumberland coast of mainland Nova Scotia and the northwest and northeast coasts of Cape Breton. Between Cape George and cape north..Including st. Georges bay..These high water levels combined with heavy pounding surf could give local coastal flooding during high tide later on Thursday and Thursday night.

Comments (12)

Best Happy New Year wishes to you! Getting snowed in with friends could be a lot of fun so I'm glad you're going! No blizzards in the forecast for us bbut they are saying it will be very cold with high winds so instead of going to a party, I'm staying in with a few friends and a bottle of Prosecco.

I hope that you and yours have a wonderful 2009 filled with lots of joy!

Anne:

Thanks Annie, same to you! Alas, I don't have any Prosecco, but I do have a bottle of Spanish cava, which is also very tasty. I think getting snowed in with friends sounds fun too - in fact, now I'm secretly hoping the storm comes earlier than later so we can't drive home!! :)

That is great that you are braving the weather and heading out to your friends. At least it hasn't hit before you leave. (fingers crossed). I missed out on a GTG with some good friends because of our weather. I'm going over this weekend to celebrate in the New years instead.

Wishing you and your family a very happy New Year. Best wishes for good health, prosperity and a safe New Years.

Cheers - and here's to many happy travels in 2009.

The evening sounds like a lot of fun. Enjoy it and all the best in 2009 to you and yours.

A very happy New Year to a very lovely person. :)

Sleepovers are always fun! Happy New Year. Wishing you a fabulous new year!!

Is Cape Cod in this weather report the Cape Cod in Massachusetts? Interesting if it is that the Cape will affect your weather. We had wild lightening again last night. We rarely rarely have lightening but lately...

Fireworks are going off madly here. Almost time to close all the windows to keep the smoke out. Cheers!!

Happy New Year to you, too! Here's hoping for light snowfall and your own bed this evening!

Happy New year - if it is anything like the storm we had in the morning the other day - look out! It was heading your way. I note that my sister's plans for drunken revelry on the island did not change with the weather forecast!

All the best in 2009!

Jane:

Hi Anne, I hope your New Year's eve was perfect and how nice it is to have such a good friend! I need to check the weather to see if the storm was as bad as expected. I remember cozy fires on blizzard nights in Syracuse-- there was such security in staying in and just listening to the outside sounds.

Have a wonderful 2009

Anne:

Thanks everyone, the evening turned out to be very wonderful. We had a few drinks, snacks, lots of conversation and laughs, played Cranium. We did get storm-stayed and that too was wonderful as it meant we got to share part of New Year's Day together too. And I can't think of a better way to have started off the new year than with my very dear friend Valerie! (Seems especially fitting since connecting with her in friendship was a shining ray of light in the rather dark year of 2008!)

sandrac:

Sounds like a wonderful way to spend New Year's, Anne!

All the best in 2009 (and let's hope our Canadian weather will be a bit more reasonable this year!)

Happy New Year my blog friend! All the best to you and your family.

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