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Heavy rain and flash freezing risk over weekend for Eastern N.S. and Cape Breton

By Evan Taylor Feb 23, 2024 | 2:54 PM

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A rain system has already started impacting eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, with between 25-55 millimeters expected by the time it slows down Saturday evening, after which there

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning, forecasting heavy rain ranging from 25 to 50 millimeters across the province’s north, east, and central regions. The rain is expected to last through most of Friday persisting through Saturday evening.

The combination of rain and mild temperatures is anticipated to cause significant runoff, particularly due to the melting snow. Additionally, maximum wind gusts could reach speeds between 60 to 80 kilometers per hour. These southerly winds are expected to shift to northerly on Saturday, with temperatures dropping rapidly below freezing by Saturday night.

As Saturday progresses, there’s a possibility of snow, ice pellets, and freezing rain, which could lead to hazardous driving conditions due to slippery surfaces.

Environment Canada Meteorologist Bob Robichaud says there is a possibility for flash freezing starting Sunday morning, and urges drivers to check road conditions before heading out. “We’re going to see temperatures drop by about 15 degrees from Saturday night to Sunday morning, so its possible flash freezing warnings could be issued,” Robichaud said.