Jeff Harper/Metro A pedestrian makes their way through the snow on South Park Street in Halifax in this Jan. 22, 2013 file photo.

A major winter storm is expected to hit Nova Scotia starting overnight on Friday, bringing strong winds and plenty of snow when all is said and done.

Paula Sutherland, Environment Canada meteorologist, said on Thursday HRM should see anywhere between 25 and 30 centimetres of snow.

“It looks likes it will intensify as it tracks towards the Maritimes,” Sutherland said.

She said the storm should track along the United States coast and combine with a system over the Great Lakes before hitting western parts of the province.

The storm is expected to then spread to the east of Nova Scotia throughout Saturday before moving on to Newfoundland.

On Friday morning, Environment Canada issued a blizzard warning for many areas of the province, including HRM. The warning also says snowfall amounts could reach up to 40 centimetes in some inland areas of the province, with winds reaching between 80 and 100 km/h.

Sutherland said strong, north-east winds are also expected to cause blowing snow.

Michaelyn Thompson, spokesperson for HRM, said the city’s winter operations group will meet Friday morning to make a plan of action based on what type of snow will fall and when to begin icing.

“It does look like it’s going to be severe weather,” Thompson said.

She said if families want to make an emergency plan there is information on the HRM website.

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