January 24, 2015 12:10 pm
Updated: January 24, 2015 7:11 pm

UPDATED: Rain and storm surge warnings issued, while another storm looms

Waves crash up and onto the Halifax boardwalk during a storm surge. (March 24, 2014)

Brett Ruskin / Global News

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is in the midst of a wet and windy weekend.

Environment Canada has issued weather warnings for much of the province, including storm surge and rainfall warnings for Metro Halifax.

“Higher than normal water levels with large waves are expected near the coast,” the warning states.

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Halifax can expect to receive 25 to 50 millimetres of rain Saturday afternoon and evening, before the precipitation tapers and changes to flurries by Sunday morning. Environment Canada warns localized flooding may occur in low-lying areas.

Officials advise residents to stay back from shorelines and to stay on the lookout for worsening conditions.

Second system coming next week

Environment Canada also released a special weather statement describing another approaching system. The slow-moving system could hit Halifax by Tuesday.

“The province will see significant amounts of snow and/or rain accompanied by very strong winds,” the release forecasts.

The effects of the storm could carry over into Wednesday, Environment Canada states, adding that more details will be available in the coming days.

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