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:
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.