Nova Scotia to see icy conditions as system moves in from Ontario

The weather system responsible for an icy mess across southern Ontario today will move across the Atlantic region Friday.

Next 24 hours will see some flurries, freezing rain across Nova Scotia before temperatures rise

A weather system that coated parts of southern Ontario with ice is headed to Nova Scotia and the rest of the Maritimes on Friday. (The Canadian Press)

I'm sure many of you have seen the reports and video out of southern Ontario today. Freezing rain icing up vehicles and roads.

That same weather system will impact us tonight and tomorrow but thankfully, the icy conditions will be a bit lighter for us. Still, there are times over the next 24 hours that you will want to be cautious of slippery conditions.

Cloud cover continues to increase and will get low across the province this evening.

By the mid-to-late evening hours, a few light flurries will have developed around the Annapolis Valley and South Shore. Those flurries will spread across the mainland overnight and mix with some light and patchy freezing rain. The combination may lead to slick spots on untreated surfaces.

Nova Scotia can expect colder air in places overnight, with a mix of flurries and patchy freezing rain developing. (Kalin Mitchell/CBC)

Accumulations in the flurries should be held to a coating of two centimetres. Winds will turn east and northeast 10 to 15 km/h. Lows tonight of –8 C to –2 C, the coldest being in Cape Breton.

Special weather statement

Speaking of Cape Breton, the mix of flurries and freezing rain will build into that part of the province early tomorrow morning.

The island, parts of the North Shore and Cumberland and Colchester counties will see some patchy, freezing rain up until around noon. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for that part of the province.

The rest of the mainland will see temperatures rise above freezing and showers develop, moving through the morning.

Freezing rain is expected in Prince Edward Island and parts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. (Kalin Mitchell/CBC)

By mid to late afternoon, it's showers across all of Nova Scotia.

Caution for drivers

Anyone driving to Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, however, should expect to encounter freezing rain and even accumulating snow in northern New Brunswick. Snowfall and freezing rain warnings have been issued in both provinces.

Winds will turn southwest tomorrow 30 gusting to 50 km/h. High temperatures late afternoon and evening of 8 C to 12 C. 

Freezing rain may continue in the northeast part of the mainland and Cape Breton up until noon Friday. (Kalin Mitchell/CBC)

Rain will move across Nova Scotia on Friday evening and night bringing amounts of 10 to 20 millimetres. A rumble of thunder with that rain isn't out of the question.

Saturday and Sunday

Most of that rain should be clear by 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday, with temperatures falling to a range of –2 C to 2 C before sunrise.

Clearing skies are on the way for the rest of Saturday, with high temperatures of 0 C to 6 C.

Sunday should see mostly sunny skies with high temperatures of 2 C to 6 C. There will also be increasing cloudiness and a chance of late day showers for Monday.

Rain across Nova Scotia on Friday evening and overnight. Don't be surprised to hear a rumble of thunder with this. (Kalin Mitchell/CBC)

About the Author

Kalin Mitchell


Kalin Mitchell is the meteorologist on CBC News Nova Scotia, CBC News New Brunswick and CBC News Atlantic Tonight. He can also be heard on various afternoon CBC Radio shows giving up-to-the-minute weather forecasts.


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