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Meteorologist says to brace for major low pressure system, winter storm warning for Quad Counties

An Environment Canada meteorologist says the first major weather system of 2018 is coming our way.

A winter storm warning is in place for the Quad Counties Thursday.

Ian Hubbard, meteorologist with Environment Canada, says a major low pressure system will pass through the province Thursday night; snow will start Thursday morning.

He says 10-20 centimetres of snow is expected; reduced visibility could be a result of blowing snow and gusty winds during the day.

Hubbard tells The Hawk snow amounts will peak in the afternoon.

"It's going to start later in the morning, so by noon," he says. "Into the afternoon is when we're going to see the most snowfall amount; any changeover or mix to ice pellets will happen late in the afternoon or early into in the evening."

A storm surge warning is in place for Guysborough Co.

Hubbard says tides have been affected by the full moon.

"This week has been a run of high tides for the Maritimes with the full moon," he says. "With the strong winds and its very deep low pressure of the storm, we're going to see increased wave activity and higher than normal water levels."

Hubbard says the ice pellets are expected to turn to rain by 9 or 10 p.m.

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