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Storms inch Cape Breton closer to big snowfall predictions

Ryan Penny shovels his car out of the driveway of his family's Coxheath home on Feb. 2, after it was covered by a large drift during the winter storm that earlier that day. The storm brought another dumping of snow to Cape Breton, adding to 2020's growing total accumulation which is forecasted to be one of the snowiests in recent history. CONTRIBUTED/ANGELA MERCER-PENNY
Ryan Penny shovels his car out of the driveway of his family's Coxheath home on Feb. 2, after it was covered by a large drift during the winter storm that earlier that day. The storm brought another dumping of snow to Cape Breton, adding to 2020's growing total accumulation which is forecasted to be one of the snowiests in recent history. CONTRIBUTED/ANGELA MERCER-PENNY
SYDNEY, N.S. —

Winter 2020 seems to be living up to predictions it will be one of the snowiest ones Cape Breton has had in years and the most recent storm is helping it reach it's target.

The storm started Saturday evening and ended mid-morning the next day, bringing with it high winds, heavy snowfall and freezing rain.

Poor visibility and bad road conditions lead to Cape Breton Transit suspending service for the day and Cape Breton University kept campus closed.

Marine Atlantic also made changes to their schedule and postponed their 11:45 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. crossings to the same time today.

Saltwire Network's meteorologist Cindy Day said up to 25 cm was expected to fall during this weekend's storm, helping bring the overall total since January to over 200 cm.

According to Environment Canada, January 2020 was the snowiest first month of the year Cape Bretoners have seen in a while.

Total snow fall was 179.4 cm, compared to 63.7 cm in 2019 and 125.2 cm in 2018.

Since 2015, the year with the least snowfall for the month of January was 2017 when only 59.1 cm fell. In 2016, Cape Breton had 97.6 cm of snowfall and in 2015 there was 91.2 cm.

The rainiest January over the past six years is 2017 (127.6 mm) and the least was 2016 (24.4 mm). Total rainfall for January 2020 was 47.9 mm.

Even though winds were gusting between 50 to 80 kilometres per hour during the first February storm, there were few power outages reported in Cape Breton, most of which were fixed by mid-afternoon Sunday.

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