WEATHER UPDATE: Rainfall warnings issued for NS Atlantic coast

Greg Bennett
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Up to 50 mm of rain forecast to fall

Instead of more white snow, Thursday's storm is expected to bring a wintery mess that will change to rain in the evening.

Rainfall warnings for the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia have been issued in advance of an oncoming winter storm.

Environment Canada says rainfall amounts of 30 to 50 millimetres are forecast for Thursday night.

A developing low pressure system over the northern Gulf of Mexico will intensify as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard overnight tonight and Thursday. The low will track across the Maritimes on Friday. Precipitation will start late Thursday afternoon over southwestern Nova Scotia and will spread eastward through the evening to reach Cape Breton before midnight. Many areas will see some snow before the precipitation changes to rain in the evening or overnight. There is a risk of freezing rain over parts of Northern Nova Scotia during the changeover to rain. Significant rainfall is expected with the highest amounts over coastal areas of Mainland Nova Scotia where up to 50 millimetres are forecast.

Strong Les Suetes winds gusting up to 140 km/h are expected overnight Thursday night ahead of this system.


Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Cape Breton

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