- “Strong northeasterly to northerly winds will develop later in the day on Friday, resulting in poor visibility in blowing snow,” says Environment Canada.
- Environment Canada has also issued rainfall warnings for Halifax and Guysborough counties, where heavy rain will turn to showers early Thursday afternoon.
Environment Canada has issued several public alerts as the first major winter storm of 2022 is expected to hit the Maritimes on Friday.
Up to 30 centimeters of snow could fall across the region due to the system.
Snow will begin to fall in New Brunswick’s southern half on Friday morning “and become heavy, at times, by Friday afternoon.” Snow will be escorted by wind gusts of 60 to 80 km/h.
According to Environment Canada, “strong northeasterly to northerly winds will develop later in the day on Friday, resulting in poor visibility in blowing snow.” “The weather will clear up Saturday morning,” says the forecaster.
According to the weather service, the storm’s exact path is still unknown, which could affect snowfall amounts. “There’s a good chance that the southernmost areas will get the most snowfall and the strongest winds,” it said.
In southern New Brunswick, snowfall amounts are expected to range between 15 and 30 centimeters.
Snow is expected to start falling in Nova Scotia around midday on Friday and become heavy at times later in the afternoon. Snow will fall through Friday night, then gradually fade from west to east on Saturday morning.
The Annapolis Valley and the northern half of Cape Breton Island and central and northern mainland Nova Scotia could see 20 to 30 centimeters of snow and wind gusts of 80 km/h or more.
According to Environment Canada, there are indications of a mix or changeover to rain in eastern Nova Scotia and parts of the Atlantic coast, “whereas inland regions could remain entirely snow.”
“If this scenario plays out, snowfall accumulations in inland regions — which could reach or exceed 15 cm — and coastal regions — which could receive much less snow — could be drastically different,” it said.
“Even a minor shift in the storm’s track could have an impact on snowfall amounts in these areas.” Regardless, this system will be accompanied by strong north to northeast winds that could gust to 90 km/h or higher by Friday night.”
On Saturday, conditions in Nova Scotia are expected to improve around noon.
Environment Canada has also issued rainfall warnings for Halifax and Guysborough counties, where heavy rain will taper to showers early Thursday afternoon. Rainfall of 25 to 35 millimeters is expected, according to the forecast.
Source: Global News
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