Nova Scotia

Flash flooding, snow and slush soak parts of Nova Scotia

Steady rain is churning up an overnight snowfall, pooling on sidewalks, clogging up roads and leading to flash flooding in some parts of Nova Scotia.

Heavy rain is expected across much of the province and there are wind warnings in some areas

Heather Lally, slowed by slick sidewalks, missed her bus and planned to seek shelter until the next one. (Craig Paisley/CBC)

Steady rain is churning up an overnight snowfall, pooling on sidewalks, clogging up roads and leading to flash flooding in some parts of Nova Scotia.

Between 25 and 35 millimetres of rain is expected on the mainland Wednesday. Environment Canada has warned the frozen ground means rainfall is not being absorbed, creating problems with flooding.

Halifax Water is advising people to clear storm drains and catch basins near their homes to help with drainage.

Halifax Regional Police are advising people to slow down and use caution on the roads. Provincial plows have been trying to clear roadways since 2:30 a.m.

In some parts of Halifax, ice has become jammed near drains.

For a while, water levels were high on Susie Lake Crescent, in a low-lying part of Bayers Lake, forcing Mission Mart thrift store to close for the day. Water commission crews responded but there's still a significant amount of water on the road. 

There were even some thundershowers in some parts of the mainland, according to CBC meteorologist Ryan Snoddon.

Most schools across the province are closed. Marine Atlantic has cancelled its 11:45 p.m. sailings between North Sydney, N.S., and Port Aux Basques, N.L. 

There are a number of delayed or cancelled flights out of Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Theresa Rath Spicer, speaking for the airport, said conditions started to improve at around 10 a.m. but there are delayed departures stretching into the evening. 

A plow turning around on Summit Street in Halifax got stuck on packed ice along the curb. (Craig Paisley/CBC)

Up to 15 centimetres of snow was expected in Cape Breton before the transition to rain happens. It'll start in the afternoon and continue into the evening on the island, said CBC meteorologist Tina Simpkin.

Southeasterly gusts between 90 km/h and 100 km/h in northern parts of the mainland and Cape Breton with stronger winds —​ up to 140 km/h gusts — from Margaree Harbour to Bay St. Lawrence.

There are ongoing rainfall warnings in Lunenburg, Queens, Halifax and Guysborough counties.

Environment Canada has also issued wind warnings for Guysborough County, part of Halifax County and all of Cape Breton. 

"Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage," the weather service warns. 

Ice pellets and more snow are expected again this evening in Cape Breton, Simpkin said. A couple of centimetres of flurries will also fall on the mainland. 

The poor weather also closed schools in New Brunswick and P.E.I. 

Keep up to date with our weather blog, updated every day. 

The transition to ice pellets and rain makes snow clearing more difficult. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)