Flash freeze, rainfall and wind warnings in effect (Feb 17 2022 report)

From Environment Canada:

10:44 AM AST Thursday 17 February 2022

Flash freeze warning in effect for:

  • Halifax Metro and Halifax County West

Temperatures are forecast to fall rapidly. Ponding water, slush, and any falling precipitation will freeze as the temperature drops.

Locations: Nova Scotia

Temperatures: falling rapidly from near plus 11 degrees to minus 4 degrees.

Time span: Friday afternoon.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.

Flash freeze warnings are issued when a rapid drop in temperature is expected, that can cause water from rain or melted snow on streets and sidewalks to quickly freeze.

Rainfall warning in effect for:

  • Halifax Metro and Halifax County West

Rainfall, combined with melting snow, is expected. The frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb this rainfall.

Total rainfall: 25 to 60 mm. Locally higher amounts possible.

Locations: Nova Scotia.

Time span: overnight tonight until Friday afternoon.

Remarks: Rain at times heavy will develop tonight, then taper to flurries or ice pellets Friday afternoon and end Friday evening, with a risk of brief freezing rain during the changeover.

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

Rainfall warnings are issued when significant rainfall is expected.

Wind warning in effect for:

  • Halifax Metro and Halifax County West

Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.

Maximum wind gusts: 90 km/h except up to 110 km/h over exposed areas.

Location: Nova Scotia

Time frame: continuing until late in the day Friday.

Remarks: Strong southwesterly winds will continue to intensify today and tonight and are expected to reach peak strength Friday morning before diminishing Friday afternoon.

Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to NSstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #NSStorm.

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