Nova Scotia·Weather

Snow, strong winds and bitterly cold temperatures on the way

CBC meteorologist Ryan Snoddon says following some snow on Thursday, Arctic air will arrive with the coldest temperatures so far this winter in Nova Scotia.

Snow will make for a slick Thursday afternoon and evening commute. Long john weather arrives Friday

Following Thursday's snowfall, temperatures will plummet for Friday and Saturday across Nova Scotia. (Lyzaville Sale/CBC)

A system moving through Nova Scotia Thursday and into Friday will bring some snow, strong winds and then usher in the coldest temperatures so far this season.

A few days ago, this soon-to-be-storm was looking primed to bring the province one of the biggest snowfalls of the winter. Since then, however, forecast models have shifted and shuffled further southeast with the track, keeping the significant snowfall offshore instead.

With a storm track further southeast, the highest snowfall amounts will remain offshore. (Ryan Snoddon/CBC )

Having said that, the timing of the snow will make for a slick Thursday afternoon and evening commute for the Halifax region and across much of the province. Be sure to leave yourself some extra time and space out there.

Wintry winds

The strengthening system will become a full on storm as it tracks south of the Maritimes on Thursday night. And while we aren't looking at big-time snowfall totals, the winds will be wicked across the region on Friday.

Widespread gusts of 60-80 km/h look set for mainland Nova Scotia on Friday, with the strongest along the coasts. For the Northumberland shore and Cape Breton winds look likely to reach 90-110 km/h, with onshore flurries and blowing snow for Friday and Friday night.

Winds will ramp up on Thursday night, and Friday looks windy across the province. (Ryan Snoddon/CBC)

Winds will ease from west to east across the mainland on Friday night and in Cape Breton on Saturday.

Arctic air arrives

Get your long johns and wooly socks ready, because those strong winds will be ushering in the coldest temperatures so far this season across the province. The Arctic air will spill in on Friday and stick around for Saturday as well.

Highs on Friday will be in the -9 C to -12 C range. With those howling winds, windchill values will be well into the minus teens and -20s throughout the day.

Bundle up. Wind chills on Friday will be in the minus teens and -20s. (Ryan Snoddon/CBC )

Temperatures will bottom out in the minus teens and -20s across the province on Friday night and will remain cold on Saturday, with -10 C to -13 C highs looking set for most. Friendly reminder to bring your pets inside when temperatures are this cold.

Temperatures will rise dramatically on Sunday, thanks to yet another system looking set to track into the region. At this point, that system is looking likely to be another snow mixing to ice, rain and wind event.

For an updated look at the incoming snow and wind for Thursday and Friday, plus the latest on the weekend, tune into CBC Radio this afternoon and watch CBC Nova Scotia News At 6 on CBC-TV and CBC Gem. 

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Ryan Snoddon


Ryan Snoddon is CBC's meteorologist in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.


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