A powerful northeast approaching Friday is expected to bring heavy rain, strong winds and a freezing mix of precipitation for southern and eastern Nova Scotia with heavy snow for areas farther north and west. .
It’s the second winter storm to hit the province in a week.
Environment Canada has issued weather warnings for all of Nova Scotia and advises postponing non-essential travel. There is also a likelihood of power outages, so people are advised to stock up on emergency supplies.
Nova Scotia Power activated its emergency operations center ahead of the storm.
In a press release, the utility said it was not safe for crews to ride in buckets when winds exceeded 80 km/h. He also said freezing temperatures can prolong outages because it’s harder to clear ice and snow from equipment.
This morning’s rain is expected to turn to snow later this afternoon in the Annapolis Valley and northern Nova Scotia. The snow will be heavy and mixed with sleet at times. The changeover will be a little later for the other parts of the province.
The northern half of Nova Scotia, from Yarmouth County to the Annapolis Valley and Cumberland County, will likely see the most snowfall with 20 to 40 centimeters expected Friday night through Saturday morning.
The interior of Nova Scotia, from west to east, can expect around 10 to 20 millimeters of rain before it turns into a mix of freezing precipitation. About 10 to 20 centimeters of snow are expected Friday evening.
Along the Atlantic coast, heavy rains of 20 to 50 millimeters are expected, with the heaviest amounts recorded in Guysborough County and southern Cape Breton. It will change Friday evening to a mix of snow and ice pellets in amounts between 5 and 10 centimeters.
Strong winds and plummeting temperatures
On top of all that, strong northwesterly winds with gusts between 60 and 100 km/h are expected across the province with the strongest winds in Guysborough County and Cape Breton.
“There is also a risk of thunderstorms across the eastern mainland and Cape Breton overnight as the system intensifies,” CBC meteorologist Tina Simpkin said.
As the storm moves east Saturday, Simpkin said high winds will continue through the afternoon. Snow and blowing snow are expected to continue throughout the day as temperatures drop. On Saturday afternoon, the wind chill will make the temperature as cold as -28 in parts of the province.
There is also the possibility of storm surge in some coastal communities at high tide Saturday morning and evening, including those along the Atlantic coast, Cape Breton and Pictou and Antigonish counties.
The Halifax Regional Municipality said in a news release Friday that the winter overnight parking ban will be enforced from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.