A winter storm will affect Nova Scotia late Thursday and Friday, including Kings County, Environment Canada says.
A low pressure system will track along the East Coast of the United States on Thursday and intensify as it tracks through the Maritimes on Friday. Precipitation associated with this system will begin Thursday afternoon in Southwestern Nova Scotia and spread eastward to reach Cape Breton by Thursday evening. The precipitation will begin as snow but will change to rain from west to east as temperatures rise above zero through the night. Some areas may see a period of ice pellets or freezing rain during the transition from snow to rain. The rain will end during the day Friday as the low pressure system moves away from the region.
Significant rainfall is likely with this system, and rainfall totals in excess of 25 millimetres are possible in some areas. Strong winds are also expected with this system Thursday night and Friday. These strong winds combined with higher than normal levels over the Gulf of St. Lawrence may push pack ice onto the shore along the Northumberland Strait and Western Cape Breton late in the day on Friday.
Environment Canada will continue to monitor the development of this system providing updates as new information becomes available. Those planning to travel or to do other weather sensitive activities are advised to monitor future forecasts for more information as warnings may be required.
In addition, Saturday night another low pressure system is expected to track toward Atlantic Canada. It is still too early to determine the exact timings and types of precipitation which will be associated with this system.