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Freezing rain warnings issued for most of mainland Nova Scotia

By Evan Taylor Apr 5, 2023 | 12:22 PM

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Environment Canada has issued warnings of freezing rain for most of northern and western mainland Nova Scotia and southwestern New Brunswick. The region will experience a mix of snow, ice pellets, and freezing rain on Wednesday evening and night, resulting in potentially hazardous conditions. People are advised to be cautious on highways, roads, walkways, and parking lots, as they may become icy and slippery.

Nova Scotia is expected to receive a mix of snow and ice pellets, with a band of five to ten centimeters of snow expected for northwestern parts of the province and some areas of northern and eastern mainland Nova Scotia. Other regions of northeastern New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Cape Breton will receive a lighter mix of snow and ice pellets. Coastal areas in southwestern New Brunswick and southwestern Nova Scotia may experience slightly warmer temperatures, leading to more rain than freezing rain.

The inclement weather is due to a low-pressure system originating from southeastern Manitoba and moving towards eastern Ontario and southern Quebec. The mix of snow, ice pellets, and freezing rain is expected to reach southwestern New Brunswick and southwestern Nova Scotia between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday, with precipitation rates increasing after midnight as temperatures drop. The icy conditions are expected to persist until Thursday morning, with Cape Breton experiencing light freezing rain until mid-afternoon.

By noon on Thursday, temperatures are expected to rise above freezing, causing precipitation to turn into rain, drizzle, and fog. However, people in Cape Breton may still experience light freezing rain until mid-afternoon, as temperatures are expected to take longer to rise above zero. The remaining rain and drizzle are expected to end and clear Thursday evening and night.


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