Significant rainfall expected: Environment Canada and HRM releases (Posted Feb 22 2024)

10:43 AM AST Thursday 22 February 2024

Significant rainfall and strong winds are expected. The frozen ground has reduced ability to absorb this rainfall. Total rainfall: 25 to 50 mm. Locally higher amounts possible. Maximum wind gusts: southerly 70 to 90 km/h. Locations: eastern mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. Time span: Friday evening until Saturday evening. Similar storms in the past have caused pooling of water on roadways and localized flooding in low lying areas. Significant snowmelt and runoff may occur. Be sure to clear storm drains and gutters of ice and other debris. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #NSStorm.


Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is closely monitoring the forecast for a potential incoming weather event. Municipal service adjustments will be made as needed throughout the weather event. 

Be prepared 

To reduce the likelihood of flooding, residents are asked to clear debris from catch basins located near their property prior to the storm if they are able to do so safely. Residents are also asked to remove items that could be picked up by high winds – including signage, sports equipment and other loose objects. Please ensure waste materials placed for curbside collection are secured.   

The municipality encourages residents to register for hfxALERT, the municipality’s mass notification system to receive urgent and non-urgent public alerts by phone, email or text. Sign up here

For the latest information on any service impacts, visit our website and follow us on Twitter (X), Facebook and Instagram. 

Via HRM, Environment Canada

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