Freezing rain, ice pellets forecast for Thursday

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Weather system to track across Nova Scotia

Several hours of freezing rain and ice pellets are expected for Thursday in Cumberland County.

Environment Canada is forecasting a return to winter on Thursday with freezing rain and ice pellets in the Amherst area.

AMHERST – Winter is not about to relax its grip on Cumberland County just yet.

Forecasters with Environment Canada are tracking a system that could deliver a significant period of freezing rain and ice pellets to the Amherst area on Thursday.

“The expected track of the system has shifted a bit this afternoon and it’s going to be primarily a rain event for most of Nova Scotia. For the Amherst area, we’re expecting a lengthy period of freezing rain,” meteorologist Tracey Talbot said Monday. "There's still a lot of uncertainty with this system and we'll have to keep a close eye on it. A slight shift could result in more of a wintery mix."

The storm is expected to approach the region from the Great Lakes and move off the eastern seaboard of the United States. From there, the system is expected to move up the spine of Nova Scotia.

Earlier models had the system going off the coast of Nova Scotia and bringing heavy snow to northern parts of the province and southern Nova Scotia.

Since the storm is still more than 48 hours out, Talbot said there’s still a lot that could happen to its track and even a slight shift to the south could bring about a major change in the forecast.

Talbot said the heavier snow from the system will likely fall into central and northern New Brunswick.

For more information, and to monitor the forecast, go to

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, AMHERST, Cumberland County Great Lakes United States Southern Nova Scotia New Brunswick

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