Environment Canada warns to expect a major winter storm on Thursday.
A special weather statement is in effect for all of the province as current long-range models forecast the storm approaching from the south and passing over central Nova Scotia Thursday.
Potential impacts from this storm, the government agency warns, include power outages, deteriorating travel conditions and potential school disruptions.
Snow will develop Thursday morning and spread northward across the province with a changeover to rain for some parts of the province later in the day or night. Early snowfall estimates of 20 to 30 cm for most of the province. Rainfall amounts of 20 to 30 mm for southwest Nova Scotia are possible.
Easterly winds will strengthen with gusts near 90 km/h along coastal areas Thursday afternoon. The winds will shift Thursday night and southwesterly gusts possibly reaching 120 km/h are possible along the Atlantic coastal areas of the province. Strong winds combined with snow will give poor visibilities in blowing snow during the storm.
Potential for storm surges along coastal areas west of Halifax down to Baccaro Point as high tide will coincide with the strongest winds and high seas Thursday evening. Large waves and elevated water levels will persist into Friday morning.