Rainfall warning for Cumberland County

Christopher Gooding
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Higher than normal water levels may push pack ice onto shore along Northumberland Strait

AMHERST – Environment Canada says it’s going to be dirty out there.

Bad weather coming

For Thursday night, a prediction of snow changing to rain, at times heavy, has been made. By midnight it should be rain changing to freezing rain before temperatures rise to 10 degrees Friday morning.

Snowfall amounts are set between 10 to 15 cm. Rainfall amount 10 to 15 mm.

A deepening low pressure system tracking up the Eastern Seaboard will continue to intensity tonight and Friday. The low will track across Southern New Brunswick Friday to lie over the Gulf of St. Lawrence by Friday evening.

In a weather warning issued by Environment Canada, its noted precipitation associated with this low will start this afternoon over Southwestern Nova Scotia and will spread eastward to reach Cape Breton by late this evening. Precipitation will begin as snow before changing to rain, at times heavy, this evening or overnight. There is a risk of freezing rain over parts of Northern Nova Scotia during the changeover to rain. Significant rainfall is expected with the highest amounts along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia where up to 65 millimetres are forecast. The rain is expected to begin tapering to showers near midday Friday.

Snowfall amounts of up to 20 centimetres with strong winds and blowing snow is expected tonight over the Highlands before precipitation changes over to rain Friday morning.

Strong southeasterly winds gusting to 100 km/h along parts of the Atlantic coast will develop ahead of this system tonight.

Strong Les Suetes winds gusting up to 140 km/h are expected overnight tonight and Friday morning.

In addition, higher than normal water levels and large waves will give rough pounding surf to the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia tonight and Friday. Also, strong winds combined with higher than normal water levels over the Gulf of St. Lawrence may push pack ice onto the shore along the Northumberland Strait and Western Cape Breton late in the day on Friday.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia Southern New Brunswick Northern Nova Scotia

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