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Snowfall warnings issued ahead of weekend long storm

By Evan Taylor Feb 2, 2024 | 11:59 AM

Most of Nova Scotia will be getting snowfall for the duration of the weekend, with some areas calling for up to 75 centimeters by Monday.

Environment Canada Meteorologist Bob Robichaud says two low-pressure systems are colliding south of Nova Scotia which will result in the snow system lingering around Nova Scotia for most of the weekend.

“Right now it’s looking like things won’t clear until Monday or possibly even into Tuesday,” said Robichaud. “Southwestern Nova Scotia will likely see the least snow, with things getting progressively more significant as you go east,”.

The highest snowfall estimates are currently in place for Cape Breton and eastern mainland Nova Scotia with projections of up to 75 centimetres that is expected to fall between Friday afternoon and Monday morning.

“This is going to be a prolonged system, so while the snowfall totals might change we want people to understand this will be impacting the province for most of the weekend,”.

Robichaud encourages people to continue checking Environment Canada forecasts throughout the weekend as their projections firm up and they have a more accurate idea of snowfall totals, noting that as of Friday morning, there is still lots of uncertainty.

The southwest of Nova Scotia is expecting the least amount of snow with projections around 10-15 centimeters as of Friday afternoon, and no special weather statements or alerts have been issued in that area.

A brief break in the snow is expected Saturday evening into Sunday morning, before intensifying once again throughout the day on Sunday and persisting through Monday.

Environment Canada issued the following snowfall warnings and special weather statements with their Friday afternoon update.

Snowfall Warnings:

The areas in red are under a snowfall warning, while the gray shows areas under a special weather statement advisory. Photo: Environment Canada.

  • Antigonish County
  • Colchester County – Truro and south
  • Colchester County North
  • Guysborough County
  • Halifax County – east of Porters Lake
  • Halifax Metro and Halifax County West
  • Hants County
  • Inverness County – south of Mabou
  • Kings County
  • Lunenburg County
  • Pictou County
  • Richmond County
  • Sydney Metro and Cape Breton County
  • Victoria County

Special Weather Statements:

  • Annapolis County
  • Colchester County – Cobequid Bay
  • Cumberland County – Minas Shore
  • Cumberland County North and Cobequid Pass
  • Inverness County – Mabou and north
  • Kings County
  • Lunenburg County
  • Queens County