Source: Environment Canada.
A blizzard warning is continued for almost all of Nova Scotia, including the southwest region, and Environment Canada's latest statement warns the storm could bring 20 to 50 centimetres of snow.
As of 4 p.m. Jan. 21, the weather agency is warning that blizzard conditions are forecast to develop over southwest Nova Scotia early Wednesday morning and spread eastward during the day.
Snow was falling in Yarmouth just after 9 p.m., just the beginning of the snow and blowing snow predicted to bring near-zero visibility over the next 24 hours.
The storm is caused by an intensifying low pressure system forecast to develop over the U.S. Eastern Seaboard today, which will track northeastward passing near the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia on Wednesday.
This disturbance will bring significant snowfall amounts, strong winds and blowing snow to Nova Scotia. Snowfall amounts ranging from 20 to 40 centimeters is expected for most of Nova Scotia except eastern areas where snow will become mixed with ice pellets and possibly rain for Eastern Cape Breton.
Over northern areas, especially over higher terrain, amounts could reach 50 centimetres or more.
Blizzard conditions are forecast for most of mainland Nova Scotia on Wednesday with winds gusting to 80 km/hour for some areas.