Mar 12 – Environment Canada – Winter storm watch in effect

3:52 PM ADT Monday 12 March 2018

Winter storm watch in effect.

Heavy snow and high winds with blowing snow expected beginning late in the day Tuesday.

An intense low-pressure system will continue to develop east of Cape Hatteras tonight then intensify as it tracks northeastward toward the Maritimes on Tuesday. The storm centre is forecast to track near the Nova Scotia Coast late Tuesday night.

Snow at times heavy is expected to begin late in the day Tuesday. At this time amounts possibly reaching 15 cm are expected by Tuesday overnight before the snow changes to rain. Very strong east to northeasterly winds will develop later in the day, and could gust in excess of 90 km/h during the evening. These winds will likely give extensive blowing snow and could lead to power outages.

Additionally, a special weather statement is in effect for the Atlantic coastline of Nova Scotia for the potential for storm surge and damaging waves Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas. For information on emergency plans and kits go to

Winter storm watches are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #NSStorm.