Halifax Harbour and Approaches


Marine Forecast

Issued 03:00 AM AST 09 February 2016

Today Tonight and Wednesday

Wind north 25 knots diminishing to north 15 to 20 this morning and to light this afternoon. Wind increasing to west 20 near midnight then diminishing to light Wednesday morning.

Snow ending late this morning. Chance of snow beginning Wednesday evening. Visibility 1 mile or less in snow.

Freezing spray warning in effect.

Freezing spray ending this morning. Risk of freezing spray overnight.

High today minus 1. Low tonight minus 6. High Wednesday plus 1.

Extended Forecast

Issued 03:00 AM AST 09 February 2016
Thursday Wind northwest 15 to 20 knots diminishing to light in the afternoon then increasing to northwest 30 late in the day.
Friday Wind west 25 knots.
Saturday Wind southerly 15 knots increasing to northwest 25.

Ice Forecast

Issued 10:00 AM EST 8 February 2016 Today Tonight and Tuesday Ice free. 

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Ice Conditions

Ice Forecasts

Issued 10:00 AM EST 8 February 2016 Today Tonight and Tuesday

Ice Edge

First ice edge estimated from Newfoundland near 4755N 5925W to 4825N
5935W to 4955N 5810W to 4925N 5940W to 4925N 6115W to 4855N 6110W to
4835N 6255W to 4705N 6310W to 4640N 6200W to Nova Scotia near 4605N
6130W. Sea ice north and west of the ice edge.

Second ice edge estimated from Iles de la Madeleine near 4710N 6200W
to 4655N 6135W to 4730N 6110W to Iles de la Madeleine near 4735N
6125W. Sea ice west of the ice edge.

Ice Coverage

Ice free.


Warnings (In effect)

Freezing spray warning in effect

Halifax Harbour and Approaches

Issued 03:00 AM AST 09 February 2016

Moderate or severe freezing spray is occurring or expected to occur in this marine area. Please refer to the latest marine forecasts for further details and continue to monitor the situation through Canadian Coast Guard radio or Weatheradio stations.

Warnings (Ended)

Gale warning ended

Halifax Harbour and Approaches

Issued 03:00 AM AST 09 February 2016

Technical Marine Synopsis

Issued 3:00 AM AST 9 February 2016 Today Tonight and Wednesday At 3:00 a.m. AST today low 976 mb located near East Scotian Slope.
By 3:30 p.m. AST today departing low 982 mb located north of

At 10:00 a.m. AST today deepening low 996 mb located off the East
Coast of the U.S.
By 8:00 p.m. AST tonight low 986 mb located south of East Scotian

At 3:00 a.m. AST Wednesday departing low 982 mb located near
Laurentian Fan.

Marine Weather Statement

Issued 3:05 AM AST 9 February 2016 An intense low pressure system near the East Scotian Slope will move
northeastward to lie over Banquereau this morning then over the
Avalon Peninsula this evening as it weakens. Gale to storm force
northeasterlies ahead of the low, shift to gale to storm force
westerlies south of the system. Another low pressure system will
rapidly cross slope waters tonight into Wednesday morning. Another
period of gale to storm force winds are forecast with this second

Marine interests are advised that storm warnings are in effect for
Eastern shore..Sable..East Scotian Slope..Fourchu..Banquereau..
Laurentian Fan..And Cabot Strait. Gale warnings are in effect for all
Other waters except..Fundy..Grand Manan..Lurcher..Browns Bank..
Georges Bank and West Scotian Slope. Freezing spray warnings are in
Effect for Cabot Strait..Northumberland Strait..Gulf-Magdalen..
Chaleur-Miscou and Anticosti.

This low will also give higher than normal water levels and rough and
pounding waves for the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia. Highest water
levels will occur near the high tide this morning and minor flooding
is possible.

Marine interests are advised that a high water level warning is in
effect for Fourchu and Cabot Strait for this morning. This is due to
large waves combined with a large tide and storm surge.

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