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Snowy, stormy winter for Nova Scotia in AccuWeather seasonal forecast

'Constant battles between snow, ice and rain' forecast for our province.

Crews clean up a sidewalk corner at Robie and Inglis Streets last winter.

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Crews clean up a sidewalk corner at Robie and Inglis Streets last winter.

If AccuWeather’s long-term forecast is accurate, Atlantic Canada could be in for a snowy 2016-17 winter with frequent storms.

The U.S. weather forecaster has released its winter predictions and among them are frequent snowstorms to “slam eastern Canada.”

It says this winter is expected to play out much differently across eastern Canada than it did last year, when mild conditions and below-normal snowfall dominated.

"The upcoming winter will likely be a stormy one across eastern and Atlantic Canada, especially during January and February," AccuWeather senior meteorologist Brett Anderson said. "This pattern will lead to a higher probability of significant snowfall events from eastern Ontario through Quebec and into New Brunswick and Newfoundland.”

AccuWeather says the forecast is good news for ski resorts across eastern Canada and the Atlantic region that had a slow season last year due to mild weather and below-normal snowfall.

"I expect this upcoming ski season to be significantly better than last winter's," Anderson said.

Snow, ice, rain in winter forecast for Nova Scotia, P.E.I.

Meanwhile, areas closer to relatively warmer ocean water will receive more than just snow.

"Areas such as Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island will see constant battles between snow, ice and rain," Anderson said.

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