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Early snowfall not that uncommon, expert says

There’s no need to dig out your snow shovel just yet.

There’s no need to dig out your snow shovel just yet.

While light snow and flurries were in the forecast for overnight and into early this morning, Environment Canada meteorologist Bob Robichaud told Metro yesterday any actual accumulative snow should still be about another month away.

That said, seeing the white stuff this early into fall isn’t a regular occurrence.

“It’s a little bit early for snow, although we’ve seen traces of snow (for Halifax) as early as Sept. 16, 1970,” Robichaud said.

He added the region normally starts seeing actual accumulative snow in the middle of November, and with the long-range forecast through December calling for near normal precipitation and temperatures, there’s no indication that will change this year.

However, history hasn’t always been so kind.

Robichaud said, for example, 11.9 centimetres of snow fell in the area on Oct. 19, 1972, and two years later on Oct. 20, Halifax was dumped with 38.6 cm of the white stuff.

 
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