Nova Scotia Journal

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Severe rain and strong winds are expected for N.S. and N.B.

Nova Scotia

Key takeaways: 

  • Environment Canada gave particular climate statements for most N.S. and parts of N.B.
  • Areas of Nova Scotia could be struck by up to 60 millimeters of rain and winds, potentially reaching 90 km/h.

On Tuesday, severe rain and strong winds will smash most Nova Scotia and New Brunswick areas.

Environment Canada has given particular climate statements in both regions. Nova Scotia could receive the worst of a low-pressure system developing over the Chesapeake Bay.

Wind alerts have already been given for counties in southwestern Nova Scotia, such as Digby, Yarmouth, and Shelbourne.

Up to 60 millimeters of rain could fall, with winds reaching 90 km/h in multiple parts. Winds could go to 160 km/h in Inverness county, which is also under a wind alert.

“There’s going to be some intense southeast winds setting in western areas of the Maritimes on Tuesday morning,” Halifax-based meteorologist Jim Abraham said in an interview. 

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severe rain and strong winds will smash most Nova Scotia and New Brunswick areas

“Then the rain will be beginning in the morning in southwestern areas of Nova Scotia, in Yarmouth. It’ll get to Halifax, along with the strong winds about lunchtime, and eventually, into the evening, reaching Cape Breton Island,” he said. 

Rainfall quantities will be highest along the Atlantic coast, Abraham stated. He says the exact duration of the rainfall will be somewhere between 12 and 18 hours.

Abraham says citizens in some areas of Nova Scotia should expect power outages. Not as much rainfall is in the prediction for New Brunswick, but Abraham tells the day could have a messy start.

“Areas of New Brunswick may begin as mixed snow and ice pellets,” he said.

Particular weather statements in several counties in that region call for 20 to 30 millimeters of rain and winds reaching 80 km/h.

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