Environment Canada has issued a wind and rain warning for Yarmouth County tonight and into Friday and is also cautioning the public that another winter storm may affect the region, and the province, this weekend.
Rainfall warnings have also been issued for the rest of the province, along with wind warnings in certain areas.
According to Environment Canada, strong southeasterly winds gusting to 100 km/h are expected overnight Thursday and Friday morning along the Atlantic coast.
Precipitation associated with this low will start Thursday afternoon over southwestern Nova Scotia and will spread eastward to reach Cape Breton by late this evening. Precipitation will begin as snow before changing to rain, at times heavy, this evening or overnight. There is a risk of freezing rain over parts of northern Nova Scotia during the changeover to rain.
Significant rainfall is expected with the highest amounts along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia where up to 65 millimetres are forecast. The rain is expected to begin tapering to showers near midday Friday.
As far as winds go, strong southeasterly winds gusting to 100 km/h along parts of the Atlantic coast will develop ahead of this system tonight.
Strong Les Suetes winds gusting up to 140 km/h are expected overnight tonight and Friday morning.
In addition, higher than normal water levels and large waves will give rough pounding surf to the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia tonight and Friday. Also, strong winds combined with higher than normal water levels over the Gulf of St. Lawrence may push pack ice onto the shore along the Northumberland Strait and Western Cape Breton late in the day on Friday.
Along with the wind, rainfall amounts of 35 to 65 millimetres are forecasted for tonight and Friday.
Environment Canada is also warning that another winter storm may affect Nova Scotia this weekend.
A low pressure system is forecast to approach the Maritimes on Saturday and track south of Nova Scotia overnight into Sunday. Current indications are that this will mainly be a snowfall event for Nova Scotia with the possibility of mixed precipitation over eastern sections. There is also the potential for blowing snow and windy conditions with this system.
Environment Canada will continue to monitor the development of that system and provide updates as new information becomes available.