A heavy northern Easter approaching Friday is expected to bring heavy rain, strong winds and an icy mix of rainfall to southern and eastern Nova Scotia with heavy snow to more northern and western areas.
It is the second winter storm to hit the province in a week.
Environment Canada has issued weather warnings for the whole of Nova Scotia and advises to postpone unnecessary travel. There is also a likelihood of power outages, so people are advised to fill up with emergency supplies.
Nova Scotia Power has activated its emergency operations center ahead of the storm.
From Friday at 23:30 AT, Nova Scotia Power reported that nearly 26,000 customers were without power.
In a press release, the plant said that it is not safe for crews to go up in buckets while the wind exceeds 80 km / h. It also said freezing temperatures can prolong precipitation as it makes it harder to get ice and snow from equipment.
Rain this morning is expected to turn to snow later in the afternoon in the Annapolis Valley and northern Nova Scotia. The snow will at times be heavy and mixed with icebergs. The shift will take place a little later for other parts of the province.
The northern half of Nova Scotia, from Yarmouth County through the Annapolis Valley and into Cumberland County, is likely to get the most snow with 20-40 inches expected Friday night to Saturday morning.
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Inland Nova Scotia, from west to east, can expect about 10-20 millimeters of rain before changing to a mix of icy rainfall. About 10-20 inches of snow is expected Friday night.
Along the Atlantic coast, heavy rainfall of between 20-50 millimeters is expected with the highest amounts in Guysborough County and southern Cape Breton. It changes on Friday night to a mixture of snow and ice pellets in amounts between 5-10 centimeters.
Strong winds and falling temperatures
On top of that, strong northwesterly winds with gusts between 60 and 100 km / h are expected across the province with the highest winds in Guysborough County and Cape Breton.
“There is also a risk of thunderstorms in the eastern mainland and Cape Breton overnight as the system intensifies,” said CBC meteorologist Tina Simpkin.
As the storm moves east on Saturday, Simpkin said strong winds will continue through the afternoon. Snow and sleet are expected to continue throughout the day as temperatures drop. Saturday afternoon, the wind chill will make it feel as cold as -28 in parts of the province.
There is also the possibility of a storm surge in some coastal communities during high tide Saturday morning and evening, including those along the Atlantic coast, Cape Breton and Pictou and Antigonish counties.
Halifax Regional Municipality said in a press release Friday that the winter parking ban will be enforced from 1 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.