Warning: Freezing rain expected across southwest NS Tuesday

Published on January 23, 2017

A freezing rain warning has been issued for southwestern Nova Scotia for Tuesday morning.

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BRIDGETOWN - There could be messy roads ahead Tuesday morning, according to a freezing rain warning and a special weather statement issued by Environment Canada this morning.

A freezing rain warning is issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.
Tuesday’s warning was issued this morning at 10:38 a.m. and advises that an area of freezing rain is forecast to spread across parts of Nova Scotia on Tuesday.

“Freezing rain will begin in southwestern regions early Tuesday morning and could persist into the afternoon over parts of the Valley and northern Nova Scotia,” the warning said. “Freezing rain will eventually change to rain as temperatures slowly climb above the freezing mark.”

Environment Canada said surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways, and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous.

“Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas,” the agency said. “Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.”
The special weather statement said an intense low-pressure system will track up the eastern seaboard today and Tuesday and will linger over the region on Wednesday.

“Precipitation from this storm will begin before dawn Tuesday in the southwest as rain and freezing rain,” it said. “An extended period of freezing rain is expected over western and northern regions and warnings are now in effect.”


Tuesday Night

These freezing rain warnings will likely be extended to additional regions for Tuesday night, Environment Canada said. The freezing rain will eventually change over to rain across the entire province.

“Significant rainfall over the province is possible with this system and rainfall warnings may be required for some regions for Tuesday night and Wednesday,” it said in the special weather statement. “In addition, strong easterly winds will develop on Tuesday and will spread across the province overnight into Wednesday.”

And on Wednesday? A chance of showers and a high of 9C.

Environment Canada urges people to continue to monitor alerts and forecasts. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.weatheraspc.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports to #NSStorm.



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