News release

Significant Snowstorm Forecast

Emergency Management Office
Public Works
winter storm
photo of two people shovelling a driveway as the snow blows around them

A significant snowstorm is expected to impact the central and eastern parts of the province over the next few days (Communications Nova Scotia / File)

A significant snowstorm is expected to impact the central and eastern parts of the province over the next few days, starting tonight, February 2, and continuing into early next week.

Environment and Climate Change Canada expects the system to bring heavy snowfall amounts, blowing snow and gusty winds, resulting in reduced visibility and hazardous driving conditions.

Nova Scotians should monitor local weather forecasts and stay off the roads, if possible. If people must travel, they should consult 511 Nova Scotia for information on road conditions. Motorists planning to travel through the Cobequid Pass or across the Canso Causeway, in particular, are advised to stay abreast of weather forecasts and road conditions.

Public Works crews will work throughout the weekend to keep roads as clear as possible. Nova Scotia’s Emergency Management Office will be monitoring conditions and preparing to offer support if necessary to municipalities.

During winter storms, Nova Scotians are reminded to:

  • monitor local weather forecasts
  • avoid unnecessary travel and check 511 regularly
  • have an emergency kit ready
  • stay inside or seek shelter
  • get out of the wind to avoid wind chill
  • bring pets inside and ensure livestock have shelter and drinking water
  • wear several warm layers
  • use battery-powered lights or glow sticks and avoid candles
  • never use barbecues, camping stoves or fuel-powered heaters indoors
  • keep portable generators outside and away from windows.

Anyone looking for emergency supports, including overnight shelter beds, can call 211 to be connected to services in their community.

Forecast updates are available from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s WeatherCAN mobile application and website:

Additional Resources:

Updates and tips from Nova Scotia’s emergency management office are available at:

511 Nova Scotia:

Emergency Management Office on Facebook:

Emergency Management Office on X (formerly Twitter):

Information on shelters:

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