Significant rain, strong southerly winds and very mild temperatures for Thursday and Thursday night.
A warm front approaching from the southwest will cross the Maritimes tonight. This front will usher in much milder air and strengthening southerly winds. Snow will spread across Nova Scotia this evening, changing to rain throughout the entire province by Thursday morning.
At this time, indications are that rain, strong southerly winds and very mild temperatures will persist throughout Nova Scotia until Friday morning. Total rainfall amounts of 20 to 40 mm are expected.
A return to colder, drier weather is expected on Friday.
Areas that are vulnerable to excess rain falling on frozen ground may have issues with water not being absorbed or draining off well. This is particularly true over portions of northern Nova Scotia where there is snow cover to melt during the mild weather and rain.
In addition, high waves and pounding surf may cause higher than normal waters levels along south facing coastlines from Yarmouth to St. Margaret's Bay beginning late Thursday evening.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to NSstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #NSStorm.