Storm surge added to blizzard warning

Carla Allen
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A storm surge warning has been added to the blizzard warning issued at 3:51 p.m. on Friday by Environment Canada. High tide will take place in Yarmouth at 9 p.m.

Persons on or near Yarmouth County shorelines should watch out for adverse weather conditions, take necessary safety precautions and monitor updated statements.

 Blizzard conditions with near-zero visibility and snowfall amounts of up to 40 centimetres is possible in inland areas. 

Heavy snowfall and blowing snow will develop tonight and continue on Saturday. Rapid accumulation is expected early Saturday.The snow will become mixed with ice pellets along the south shore in the morning and along the eastern shore in the afternoon.

A low pressure system will intensify as it passes east of Cape Hatteras today before tracking south of Nova Scotia Saturday.

This system will give heavy snow, very strong northeast winds gusting between 80 to 100 km/h and blowing snow to Nova Scotia beginning tonight and continuing Saturday. These blizzard conditions will persist Saturday night and into Sunday morning for Cape Breton and Eastern Nova Scotia. The heaviest snow will occur overnight in the west and Saturday morning and afternoon in the east.

Total snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 centimetres are expected throughout the province however there is a possibility of 30 to 40 centimetres over inland areas. The snow will become mixed with ice pellets along the south shore Saturday morning.

Strong winds associated with this system combined with large tides will produce higher than normal water levels and pounding surf along the Atlantic coast Saturday. There is a risk of some coastal flooding due the very rough sea and the resulting elevated water levels especially around high tide Saturday morning.

 Strong northeasterlies over the Gulf of St. Lawrence may also give higher than normal water levels later on Saturday into Sunday. In addition, these strong winds will push pack ice into north to northeast facing shorelines. 

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Cape Hatteras, Cape Breton Atlantic

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