Parts of Nova Scotia could see up to 25 cm of snow on New Year’s Day

Snowfall across Nova Scotia is likely on New Year’s Day, with up to 25 centimetres expected in some parts of the province, says CBC meteorologist Ryan Snoddon.

The snow will begin early Tuesday morning over western Nova Scotia and spread eastward to the rest of the province during the morning.

The highest snowfall amounts are expected in the Cape Breton Highlands. Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for Victoria County and Inverness County for Mabou and north. There’s also a Les Suêtes wind warning in effect for the latter area.

Snoddon said these areas could see between 15 and 25 centimetres of snow, while the rest of the province could see up to 15 centimetres of snow.

Special weather statements are in place for all other parts of Nova Scotia.

“Gusty southeasterly winds during the day Tuesday could also reduce visibility at times in blowing snow,” said Environment Canada.

The largest snowfall amounts in Nova Scotia are expected in parts of Cape Breton. (CBC)

“Snow should taper to showers or drizzle in the afternoon as temperatures climb above the freezing mark.”

Marine Atlantic has changed its departure time for its ferry from North Sydney, N.S., to Port aux Basques, N.L., to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, weather permitting.

The ferry service also advises passengers the weather has potential to affect multiple departures on Jan. 1 and Jan. 2 and says it will update its schedule as information becomes available.  

Air Canada and West Jet have also issued travel advisories for Halifax, Sydney, Fredericton, Bathurst, Saint John and Moncton on Tuesday and are waiving change fees for passengers who want to re-book to avoid the weather.  

For more weather updates, follow CBC meteorologist Ryan Snoddon. 

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