Southern New Brunswick faces an extended and potentially dangerous bout of freezing rain this weekend, meteorologists are warning.

Flurries have started in some areas and are expected to bring five to ten centimetres of snow. It will likely turn to freezing rain overnight Friday or early Saturday.

CBC meteorologist Peter Coade says the band of freezing rain and ice pellets will ramp up Saturday around noon in southern New Brunswick, and extend to the Cobequid Pass in Nova Scotia.

β€œIt’s going to be treacherous weather in the form of freezing rain in southern New Brunswick from (Saturday) afternoon to Sunday evening,” Coade says.

As the temperature drops below freezing, roads and sidewalks will become dangerously icy, he says.

Sunday will likely be an icy mess, too. Heavy freezing rain and ice pellets are forecast for the south and snow for the north.