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Updated 9:42pm: Blizzard Warning Update From Environment Canada

Halifax Metro and Halifax County West
9:42 PM AST Thursday 02 January 2014
Blizzard warning for 
Halifax Metro and Halifax County West continued
 
Heavy snow combined with strong northeast winds are expected to give blizzard conditions overnight and Friday.
 
This is a warning that blizzard conditions with near-zero visibilities are expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.
 
A low pressure system currently southeast of Cape Cod will approach Nova Scotia tonight and track south of the province on Friday as it intensifies. This system will bring snow, near-zero visibilities in blowing snow, and cold wind chill values which together will give potentially dangerous winter conditions to the entire province on Friday. Travel will likely be significantly impacted in many areas.
 
At this time the heaviest snowfall amounts are expected over Southwestern Nova Scotia…The Annapolis Valley…And most of the Atlantic coast where total snowfall amounts of up to 30 centimetres..With locally higher amounts possible..Are expected by late Friday. These snowfall amounts combined with strong northeast winds and very cold temperatures will give ideal conditions for extensive blowing and drifting snow with frequent whiteout conditions. Blizzard warnings are in effect for these areas for Friday.
 
Elsewhere in the province..Although lesser snowfall amounts are expected, blowing and drifting snow giving near-zero visibilities at times will become an issue as north to northeast winds increase during the day Friday. As such, blowing snow warnings are now in effect for these areas, and it is possible winter storm or blizzard warnings may be extended for these areas later tonight once the full impact of this storm becomes more clear.
 
The very cold airmass over the region currently will continue to give cold wind chill values below minus 25 across the entire province tonight and Friday.
 
Furthermore…Higher than normal water levels are expected along the Atlantic and Fundy coastlines of Nova Scotia during high tide on Friday. Heavy pounding surf is expected along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia Friday afternoon and evening. 

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