PICTOU COUNTY - Don't check your calendars again. Yes, officially, it's spring but the weather would say otherwise. Winter storm likely on Wednesday.
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The view outside The News office this morning. It will look like this Wednesday but much worse.
A very intense low pressure system is forecast to track near Nova Scotia on Wednesday. Very strong winds and significant snowfall are expected with this system.
The snow is forecast to begin Wednesday morning and be heavy at times. It is forecast to change over to rain in the afternoon over the eastern half of the mainland and Cape Breton but then change back to snow overnight. The snow is expected to taper off by Thursday morning. Strong winds are forecast to develop ahead of the system on Wednesday and persist as the system pulls away Thursday. The strong winds and snow will cause reduced visibility in blowing snow.
Although there is still considerable uncertainty with respect to exact snowfall amounts, computer models are consistently indicating significant accumulations. There is good potential for parts of the province to see total snowfall accumulations exceeding 25 centimetres with this system.
The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings. Warnings will likely be issued by Tuesday morning.