Arctic air to bring flurries and snow squalls to Nova Scotia

The temperature is dropping and some flurries are expected tonight and tomorrow.

On Saturday the province could get 10 to 15 centimetres of snow

There are some flurries expected tonight and tomorrow. On Saturday, 10 to 15 centimetres of snow could arrive in the province. (Submitted by Nora LeBlanc)

A region of colder air has broken down from the Arctic and will be filtering into Nova Scotia over the next few days.

This is not an unusual pattern for us in February, but will bring colder than normal temperatures and some localized flurries or snow squalls off the Bay of Fundy, Northumberland Strait, and Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Thursday night 

Mostly cloudy with areas of flurries continuing to move across the province tonight. The most persistent area will be around Kings, Hants, and Halifax counties this evening, shifting into the northeast of the mainland by midnight and then into Cape Breton for the early morning hours of Friday.

A light coating of snow, up to a few centimetres, is expected. Colder west and northwest winds will follow the flurries and low temperatures tonight will reach –12 C to –8 C, except closer to –6 C in Cape Breton.

Flurries and a colder northwest wind developing tonight. (CBC)

Friday morning

The cold west and northwest winds will continue to drive some very localized flurries or snow squalls on Friday. Areas most likely to see that include the Annapolis Valley, Pictou, Antigonish, and Inverness counties.

The latest ice charts from Canadian Ice Services indicate there does still appear to be enough open water for this type of snow to occur.

Much of the rest of the province will see a mix of sun and cloud through the day. Winds will be from the west and northwest 30 gusting to 50 km/h. High temperatures of –8 C to –4 C.

Sun and cloud with very localized flurries for Friday, with snow squalls generated off the Bay of Fundy, Northumberland Strait, and Gulf of St. Lawrence. (CBC)

Friday night

Increasing cloudiness and cold temperatures for Friday night. Lows of –14 C to –10 C for the province.


Snow in the forecast for Saturday. It may begin light along the Atlantic coastline in the morning and becomes steadier in the afternoon, carrying on into the night. Indications are for a 10- to 15-centimetre snowfall for much of the province.

The snow will be accompanied by some north and northeast winds occasionally gusting 30 km/h to 50 km/h. The snow is expected to ease to flurries before sunrise on Sunday, coming to an end through the day.

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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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