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Weather statements issued ahead of Friday rain and wind

A pedestrian crosses a street in Halifax during a winter storm on Friday, January 20, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese A pedestrian crosses a street in Halifax during a winter storm on Friday, January 20, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
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Weather statements

Special Weather Statements are in effect for Kings and Queens Counties in Prince Edward Island. Statements also issued for much of Nova Scotia. From Friday evening into Saturday a significant winter rainfall of 20 to 50 mm is expected for those areas.

The weather agency cautions that significant snowmelt and water runoff is possible, advising to clear storm drains and gutters if possible.

The statements for Nova Scotia also caution on a period of southerly wind gusts 70 to 90 km/h. Those higher winds expected Friday night into Saturday morning.

A mix of snow and rain is expected Friday into Saturday. The rain heaviest for parts of Nova Scotia. (CTV/Kalin Mitchell)

Mix of snow and rain

New Brunswick and western Nova Scotia will see a light mix of snow and rain develop Friday afternoon into the evening. Friday night will see rain across southern New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. A lighter mix of snow, ice pellets, and rain is possible for central and northern areas of New Brunswick. The snow-rain mix clears west-to-east through the day on Saturday.

The heaviest rain is expected in central and eastern areas of Nova Scotia. Rain of 10 to 30 mm is also possible in southern New Brunswick, southwestern Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. The total amount of precipitation, including both snow and rain, is expected to be lower in central and northern areas of New Brunswick.

Snow, rain, and in some cases a gusty southerly wind for the Maritimes Friday night into Saturday. (CTV/Kalin Mitchell)The highest wind gusts of 70 to 90 km/h are expected on the Atlantic coastline of mainland Nova Scotia late Friday night into Saturday morning. Similar wind gusts are possible for Cape Breton through the day on Saturday. Due to the topography of the Cape Breton Highlands northern Inverness County could gust to or in excess of 110 km/h Saturday morning into early Saturday afternoon.

Freeze to follow

A cold front crosses the region behind the snow-rain mix. A northwest wind gusting 30 to 60 km/h will develop Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening. That wind will bring temperatures quickly back down below the freezing mark during that time. Wet or slushy surfaces may turn icy quickly in the northwest wind.

Temperatures fall quickly below freezing as a cold front moves through on Saturday. Very icy conditions could develop Saturday afternoon through evening. (CTV/Kalin Mitchell)

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