Weather: Wednesday, March 12

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Weather warning issued for tonight

AMHERST – Snow is officially in the forecast and its described as potentially being dangerous.

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Early predictions for Wednesday night and Thursday bounced between snow, rain and freezing rain, which hasn’t changed, but now Environment Canada has issued a weather warning.

“This is a warning that dangerous winter weather conditions are expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather condition,” reads the warning.

A low pressure system will intensify over New England today and push a mix of precipitation into Nova Scotia tonight as it tracks towards the Maritimes. Rain at times heavy will begin this evening in the southwest and spread eastward through the night. Rain will gradually diminish on Thursday.

Winter storm conditions are more likely over Northern Nova Scotia, the warning says, where temperatures will be slightly colder to give snow and blowing snow changing through ice pellets to a potential extended period of freezing rain by Thursday morning.

For today, a mix of sun and cloud. Becoming cloudy this afternoon with 60 per cent chance of rain showers or flurries late this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High plus 4. UV index 4 or moderate.

Tonight, a few rain showers or flurries changing to snow at times heavy this evening then to ice pellets or freezing rain after midnight. Snow and ice pellet amount 15 cm. Local blowing snow late this evening and after midnight. Wind northeast 40 km/h gusting to 60. Low minus 6.

Thursday, ice pellets or freezing rain changing to flurries in the afternoon. Snow and ice pellet amount 5 to 10 cm. Blowing snow late in the afternoon and in the evening. Wind northeast 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming north 40 gusting to 60 in the morning. High minus 2 with temperature falling to minus 11 in the afternoon.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: New England, Nova Scotia

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