Freezing rain could make for a nasty weekend along the South Shore

Break out the storm chips. It's going to be a messy weekend along the South Shore.

Environment Canada is warning that mixed precipitation and rapidly changing temperatures are likely this weekend, leading to rain, freezing rain and ice pellets over January 11 and 12.

The forecaster calls for temperatures to reach the freezing mark January 10 and then climb well above it on January 11. Rain is expected to spread throughout the province Saturday night.

The rain will then turn into a mixture of freezing rain and ice pellets on Sunday as temperatures fall rapidly over many areas. Rain could persist over parts of southwestern Nova Scotia throughout the day on Sunday.

For its part, Nova Scotia Power (NSP) announced that it will activate its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at 7 p.m. on January 11 in advance of the winter storm.

"With the variability in the forecasts and the rapidly changing temperatures, we are making preparations

accordingly," Matt Drover, Storm Lead for Nova Scotia Power, said in a release.

"We're staffing up our Customer Care Centre and moving crews into position throughout the province to ensure we can respond as needed for our customers."

The Emergency Operations Centre is the nerve centre for outage restoration planning and response. It is staffed

with employees representing all aspects of the company. This team will be in communication and coordinating

closely with the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office.

If outages occur, crews will restore power as soon as conditions are safe, according to NSP. In situations where there are multiple power outages, Nova Scotia Power restores power in phases to ensure critical services like hospitals can stay open

before beginning work in other areas.

Larger outages on transmission lines and in substations are restored ahead

of smaller outages to restore electricity to the greatest number of customers.

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