Rainfall warning: 25-50mm expected (Posted Feb 23 10am)

Rainfall, coupled with melting snow, is anticipated. The frozen ground has a reduced capacity to absorb this precipitation.

Regions affected: central, northern, and eastern parts of Nova Scotia, including Cape Breton.

Expected total rainfall: 25 to 50 mm, with the possibility of locally higher amounts.

Maximum wind gusts: southerly winds at 60 to 80 km/h.

Duration: from this evening until Saturday evening.

Notes: Significant runoff is expected due to rain and mild temperatures, resulting in considerable snowmelt. Southerly winds will shift to northerly on Saturday, with temperatures dropping below freezing by Saturday night. Snow, possibly mixed with ice pellets and freezing rain, is forecast for later on Saturday. Highways, roads, walkways, and parking lots may become icy and slippery.

Past similar storms have caused dangerous driving conditions, including water pooling on roads and localized flooding, especially in areas with poor drainage. Clear storm drains and gutters of ice and debris.

Localized flooding in low-lying areas is a possibility.

If visibility is poor while driving, reduce speed, watch for brake lights ahead, and be prepared to stop.

Rainfall warnings are issued when significant rainfall is expected.

Monitor alerts and forecasts from Environment Canada. To report severe weather, email NSstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet using #NSStorm.

Via Environment Canada

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