Nova Scotia

Storm will bring messy mix to N.S.

Windy and rainy weather has caused power outages for many parts of Nova Scotia, and a flash freeze warning is in effect.

A flash freeze warning is in effect for many areas of Nova Scotia where temperatures are rapidly falling and icy road conditions are expected as strong winds develop overnight.

An intensifying low pressure system approaching Friday evening from Cape Cod is expected to travel across northern sections of Nova Scotia, according to Environment Canada.

The heavy rain and wind in Nova Scotia has knocked out power in several areas, including Shelburne, Halifax, Caledonia, Guysborough County, Windsor, Bedford and Sackville, now affecting about 4,200 customers.

Nova Scotia Power expects to restore power for most of Halifax by 11:30 p.m., in Windsor at 10:45 p.m., Bedford and Sackville areas at 1:15 a.m. and the other areas around midnight.

Overnight, rain will be heavy at times, changing to snow overnight. Anywhere from 30 to 60 mm of rain could fall between Friday evening and Saturday morning. Winds could reach 80 km/h with the temperature dropping to minus 6 C.

Halifax police are asking motorists to be careful on the highways for the next several hours.

Const. Brian Palmeter of the Halifax Regional Police is asking drivers to slow down to avoid hydroplaning.

He said police are also concerned about ice.

"With the expected change in temperature, you may encounter ice or even black ice ... so be mindful of any temperature changes and adjust your speed to satisfy the road conditions," said Palmeter. 

So far, police are reporting no weather-related traffic accidents.