Hazardous conditions forecast as Nova Scotia under winter storm, snowfall warnings Sunday

Snow falls on Quinpool Road in Halifax in January 2021. Alexander Quon/Global News

Nova Scotians should be prepared for a messy start to next week as a mixture of heavy snow and wind are forecast to arrive Sunday evening into Monday.

Environment Canada has put the Annapolis Valley, as well as the central and northern sections of Nova Scotia under a snowfall warning while the areas along the Atlantic coastal counties as well as Pictou and Antigonish counties and all of Cape Breton Island are under a winter storm warning.

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The federal department says hazardous winter conditions are expected in the areas under the winter storm warning.

Between 20 and 40 cm of snow is predicted in those areas while gusts of wind could be as strong as 60 to 80 km/h, although winds could reach 90 km/h along parts of the Atlantic coast.

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Areas under a snowfall warning will receive less snow, with between 15 and 25 cm forecast.

Snow is expected to start spreading across southwestern Nova Scotia starting late on Sunday afternoon before moving northeastward across the remainder of the province that evening.

Strong northeasterly winds will develop and persist into Monday morning, giving near-zero visibility at times with blowing and drifting snow.

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Environment Canada says the snow will gradually end from west to east across the province starting on Monday morning.

Strong northerly winds will continue in the eastern part of the province until at least Monday afternoon.

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