Nova Scotia

Maritimes prepare for 'nasty' weather Friday and Saturday

Maritimers can prepare for a mixed bag of weather that’s expected to wield rain, freezing rain, snow and warm temperatures over the next 48 hours.

Snow, freezing rain, rain all in the forecast for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I.

Ice forms on a banner as a lone automobile drives through the empty streets of historic Norcross, Ga. on Wednesday. Freezing weather that spread across the U.S. South Wednesday and Thursday will track north to the Maritimes Friday and Saturday. (The Associated Press)

Maritimers can prepare for a mixed bag of weather expected to wield rain, freezing rain and snow over the next 48 hours.

According to Environment Canada, every county in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island is under either a rainfall or winter storm warning.

CBC meteorologist Peter Coade said a nor’easter tracking from the United States will intensify as it reaches New Brunswick and the Gulf of St. Lawrence overnight on Thursday.

The storm will bring rain and freezing rain on Friday, but people can expect a “drying up” late in the day as strong winds blow cold air into the region, Coade said.

The temperature is expected to change by almost 30 degrees over the next 24 hours. Friday morning in Nova Scotia will feel like 10 C.

Coade said Saturday will start off sunny, but then another storm will dump more snow and freezing rain along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia.

That storm is expected to track off the coast of Nova Scotia Saturday night. Its snow could change to rain as it approaches Cape Breton.

“No matter which way you slice it, likely another nasty night — clearing Sunday morning,” said Coade.