Freezing rain coming to the Maritimes tonight!

A weather system is bringing rain, snow mix, and freezing rain to parts of the Maritimes tonight and early into Saturday.  Environment Canada has been actively watching this low-pressure system developing over the southeastern United States that will slowly track across the Maritimes on Saturday.

Nova Scotia:

In Nova Scotia, rain is going to start in the southwestern part of the province and move northeastward. The rain will be heavy at times, and beware that frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb rainfall.

25 to 50 mm is expected by Saturday evening. Some areas in southwestern and northern Nova Scotia will see more than 50 mm of rain. Winds are expected to gust near 80 km/h today and Saturday across Nova Scotia.

New Brunswick:

In New Brunswick, temperatures are expected to fall rapidly. Today across the province it is expected to warm, and then early tomorrow the province can expect a shift. Starting with rain tonight and then dramatically changing early Saturday morning going from near 10 degrees and rain to below freezing in a matter of a few hours along with a transition to freezing rain.

Snowfall, with total amounts of 15 to 20 cm is also expected for Northern New Brunswick.

We want to remind motorists that surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. There also is potential utility outages may occur.

Prince Edward Island:

Northern Prince Edward Island can expect to see heavy rain before it changes to freezing rain around noon on Saturday. A cold front is expected to sweep across the province bringing a rapid return to below zero temperatures, similar to New Brunswick however, a flash freeze is not expected.

20 to 30 mm of rain is expected by Saturday afternoon for Prince County and evening for Queens County.

According to Environment Canada, they say, “For Queens County: There still remains some uncertainty with the exact timing of the cold front as it tracks southeastward across the Island. Should it move through the province quicker than is currently expected, there is a possibility that a significant period of freezing rain will occur as below freezing air interacts with the warm and humid airmass currently over the region.”

We want to remind motorists that surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. There also is potential utility outages may occur.

Environment and Climate Change Canada will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as new information becomes available.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.weatheraspc.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #PEStorm #NSStorm #NBStorm

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