High winds, snow, storm surges in blizzard forecast for southwest Nova Scotia

Published on March 25, 2014

Winter weather doesn’t abide by the calendar.

A blizzard warning is in effect for all of Nova Scotia for Wednesday,

Storm surge warnings have also been issued for March 25 for Queens, Shelburne, Lunenburg, Halifax and Guysborough counties.

For up-to-date coverage of the storm, follow the TC Media live blog.  

Environment Canada warns that heavy snow and widespread blowing snow, leading to blizzard conditions, are expected as part of very intense low pressure system is forecast to develop off Cape Hatteras this evening. The storm is expected to track just south of Nova Scotia on Wednesday before moving on to Newfoundland on Thursday.

The snow is forecast to begin overnight tonight in southwestern Nova Scotia and spread to the remainder of the province Wednesday morning. The snow is expected to change to rain late in the day over the eastern half of the mainland and Cape Breton. Elsewhere the snow is expected to taper off Wednesday night.

Strong winds gusting up to 110 km/h are forecast to develop ahead of the storm on Wednesday and gradually diminish as the system pulls away Thursday. The strong winds combined with heavy snow will cause widespread whiteout conditions in blowing snow.

 Thirty  to 40 centimetres of snow can be expected with this system over most of Nova Scotia. Areas of Southwestern Nova Scotia may see upwards of 40 to 50 centimetres of snow before the system pulls away.

Higher than normal water levels combined with rapidly rising wave activity may produce local flooding along much of the Atlantic coast of Mainland Nova Scotia during the high tide late Wednesday.