Freezing rain will redevelop across much of Nova Scotia tonight and carry on, heavy at times, in the northeast of the mainland and Cape Breton tomorrow morning.

Environment Canada has issued freezing rain warnings for Halifax County (east of Porters Lake), Guysborough County, Pictou County, Antigonish County and Cape Breton.

The freezing rain for those parts of the province is expected to persist until Tuesday afternoon.

freezing rain warning

Bob Robichaud, meteorologist for Environment and Climate Change Canada, cautions that widespread icy surfaces can be expected as early as this evening as colder, north winds pick up and temperatures fall.

"We tend to get more ice accumulating on driveways instead of actual roads due to the roads being more travelled as well as treated," Robichaud said.

"Power lines themselves can take quite a bit of ice, but trees can droop down if they get too much ice on them and make contact with lines. We're close to the threshold of seeing that much ice collect in those areas under warning."

Snow for Wednesday

Robichaud said while the amount of ice that collects will vary through the warning area, he "would not be surprised to see up to a couple of centimetres locally."

Behind the icy weather tonight and tomorrow comes another round of snow on Wednesday as a low pressure system moves over the Maritimes.

Snowfall amounts from that system could be as high as eight to 15 centimetres for the north and northeast of the mainland as well as Cape Breton. Other areas of Nova Scotia will see three to eight centimetres of snow.