Plunging temperatures could bring icy road conditions to parts of province tonight

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement affecting all of Nova Scotia as warm, spring-like temperatures are expected to drop quickly Wednesday night.

Before temperature drops Wednesday night, Nova Scotia could break warm temperature records

Nova Scotians are in for a weather roller coaster with cold temperatures warming to possible record-setting temperatures before dropping below freezing again. (Shutterstock/Olaf Naami)

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement affecting all of Nova Scotia as warm, spring-like temperatures are expected to drop quickly Wednesday night.

Earlier freezing rain warnings for Cape Breton and northern Nova Scotia were lifted early Wednesday afternoon. Precipitation is expected to taper to rain showers or drizzle later in the day as a warm front tracks across the province. 

CBC meteorologist Kalin Mitchell said temperatures will warm through the day on Wednesday to as high as 12 to 15 C.

"In fact, for the afternoon, we will be watching to see if we set new high temperature records for Feb. 21, as very warm air is pushed up the Eastern Seaboard by a combination of low pressure moving northwest of us and a big area of high pressure in place over the Atlantic to our southeast," he said.

The record high for Feb. 21 at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport was 13.4 C, which was set in 1994.

But the day's warm temperatures will be short-lived, as an evening cold front is expected to plunge temperatures below freezing, Environment Canada said.

"Behind this cold front, temperatures will fall well below freezing which will lead to rapid freeze-up and the risk of icing conditions on untreated surfaces," the weather agency said in its special weather statement.