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Damaging winds and treacherous travel conditions expected as nor'easter hits Nova Scotia (update)

Powerful winds possibly gusting to 110 km/h are anticipated to hammer coastal areas in the evening.
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A man snowboards down a south end street on a snow day in Halifax. (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

Numerous weather statements are in effect for Halifax ahead of an "intense" nor'easter set to hit late on Tuesday. 

NEWS 95.7 weather specialist John Wilson says the snow is expected to pile up fast, and how much we get depends on when it switches over to rain.

"It looks like at least 10 centimetres to be before the changeover, it could be up to 15 if that's delayed a little bit."

Wilson said Haligonians are also in for a very windy night.

"The centre of it tracks just off shore, that puts us in the bullseye for the strongest northeast winds," he explained. "Inland, 80 km/hr gusts fairly easily, but at the coast off the wide open ocean, 100 to 110 km/hr gusts will pound our coast again."

Nova Scotia Power says, due to the timing of the storm and the strong wind gusts, crews may not be able to restore power until Wednesday. They are asking customers to be prepared for outages. The utility opened its emergency operations centre on Monday ahead of the storm. 

Paul Mason with the province's Emergency Management Office said it's a good idea to be prepared for long outages.

"Making sure your electronic devices are charged up...ensuring you have medication on hand if you require that, it's a good idea to have cash on hand," he said. "We certainly encourage people to be careful with alternate lighting sources such as candles, and of course, carbon monoxide as well, whether it be via generator, wood stove or fire place, just always be careful those are well ventilated."

At 4 p.m. Environment Canada added a storm surge warning to the wind warning and winter storm watch already in effect.

"The combination of very strong easterly winds and low pressure will produce waves of possibly 7 to 10 metres near high tide this evening southwest of Halifax and possibly 6 to 8 metres east to Guysborough County later in the evening," said the warning.

Saint Mary's University, Dalhousie, The Mount and NSCC have decided to close early and a number of organizations have cancelled events Tuesday night.

Halifax Regional Municipality will be enforcing the winter parking ban overnight from 1 to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Conditions are event worse along the province's South Shore, where winter storm warnings are in effect.




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