Thursday, January 4, 2018

Major storm to hit NS today

Hurricane force winds.
Expect an extended period of power outages.
Temps will be above freezing for the most part.


Alerts for: Queens County

Warnings

4:54 AM AST Thursday 04 January 2018
Storm surge warning in effect for:
  • Queens County
High Storm Surge levels and large waves are expected to impact the coast.

A low pressure system east of Cape Hatteras will intensify rapidly into a major winter storm today as it approaches the Maritimes from the southwest. The intense storm will track near the Bay of Fundy tonight and into the Gulf of St Lawrence Friday morning.

During high tide this evening, water levels along the Atlantic coast will be elevated enough to cause coastal flooding in vulnerable areas. In addition very large waves coming in to the coast from the south and east will contribute to the high water and will likely cause some damage to coastal infrastructure.

Additionally near noon today higher than normal waters may cause coastal flooding in vulnerable areas of Yarmouth County.

Storm surge warnings may need to be extended to other parts of the province later today.
High waves combined with the surge may cause damage along the coast. Coastal flooding is likely. Coastal erosion is likely in vulnerable areas. Stay away from affected shorelines. People close to the shoreline should stay on the lookout for worsening conditions. Do not attempt to travel across flooded roads as even shallow, fast-moving water can sweep a vehicle away.

Storm surge warnings are issued when water levels pose a threat to coastal regions.

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 #NSStorm.
 
4:54 AM AST Thursday 04 January 2018
Rainfall warning in effect for:
  • Queens County
Rain, heavy at times is expected. The frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb this rainfall.

A low pressure system east of Cape Hatteras will intensify rapidly into a major winter storm today as it approaches the Maritimes from the southwest. The intense storm will track near the Bay of Fundy tonight and into the Gulf of St Lawrence Friday morning.

Snow and ice pellets will develop this morning ahead of this system but are expected to quickly change to rain over Atlantic coastal regions. Rain at times heavy will continue into this evening then change to flurries overnight. Total rainfall amounts of 30 to 50 millimetres are expected.

It is important to note that due to the frozen ground, rain may initially freeze on contact with the cold ground and very little of the rainfall will be absorbed so water pooling in low lying areas is likely.
Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.

Rainfall warnings are issued when significant rainfall is expected.

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 #NSStorm.
 
4:53 AM AST Thursday 04 January 2018
Wind warning in effect for:
  • Queens County
Dangerous wind gusts causing widespread damage are expected or occurring.

A low pressure system east of Cape Hatteras will intensify rapidly into a major winter storm today as it approaches the Maritimes from the southwest. The intense storm will track near the Bay of Fundy tonight and into the Gulf of St Lawrence Friday morning.

Very strong easterly winds gusting to 100 km/h are forecast to develop over the entire province of Nova Scotia today. Over exposed areas near the coast these winds could gust as high as 130 km/h with the strongest gusts along parts of the Atlantic coast this afternoon.
Very strong south to southwesterly winds generally gusting to 110 km/h with potential gusts to 140 km/h along parts of the Atlantic coast will develop tonight and into Friday morning as the intense storm tracks north of the province.
High winds may cause numerous downed trees and damage may occur from blowing debris. Store or anchor objects so they are not tossed by the wind causing injury or damage.

Wind warnings are issued when there is a significant risk of damaging winds.

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 #NSStorm.

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