Flood warning issued for parts of the province

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Northumberland Strait not expected to reach warning levels

AMHERST – A rising tide and foul weather will be a source of concern today as a blizzard moves into the region.

Water Street in Oxford. File photo

Environment Canada warns higher than normal water levels this afternoon and into the evening combined with rapidly rising waves may produce local flooding along the Atlantic coast of Mainland Nova Scotia during the high tide, but along the Northumberland Strait, where high tide is predicted for 7:32 p.m. near Pugwash, it is not expected to reach warning levels.

Heavy snow and widespread blowing snow is expected to develop locally this morning.

Blizzard conditions with near-zero visibilities are expected in the regions.

Snow will begin over Southwestern Nova Scotia early this morning then spread to the remainder of the province later this morning. The snow is expected to change to rain late in the day along the Atlantic coast as well as over the eastern half of the mainland and Cape Breton. Elsewhere the snow is expected to taper off later tonight. Strong northeast winds will develop today giving gusts of up to 120 km/h. These very strong winds combined with heavy snow will cause widespread whiteout conditions in blowing snow. In general between 30 to 40 centimetres of snow can be expected with this system over most of Nova Scotia.

Given the extensive blowing and drifting snow there could be significant variability in snow amounts received within any forecast region.

To view our live coverage of today's storm and send us your own comments and pictures, visit Nova Scotia Storm Watch.

Organizations: Environment Canada, Nova Scotia Storm Watch

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Pugwash, Atlantic Cape Breton

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