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According to Newfoundland Power's website there are widespread power outages in the St. John's, C.B.S. Mount Pearl, Northeast Avalon, southern shore and vicinity.
Also in Whitbourne, Conception Bay North, Cape Shore and Vicinity.
And the Burin Peninsula, Sunnyside, Clarenville, Bonavista Peninsula and vicinity.
Gander, Glenwood, Twillingate, New-Wes Valley and vicinity.
Grands Falls-Windsor, Baie Verte, Springdale, Buchans, Lewisporte and vicinty.
Corner Brook, Deer Lake and vicinity, Stephenville and Port aux Basques area.
The storm has shut down cities and towns in its path. Schools and businesses are closed, flights cancelled,
RNC and RCMP warning that severe winter storm conditions are making driving hazardous with whiteout conditions and a number of roads not passable. Motorist are advised to stay off the roads, if possible.
Environment Canada reports reduced visibilities in snow and blowing snow will continue over many regions today with widespread blizzard conditions.
A warning has been issued that blizzard conditions with near-zero visibilities are occurring.
A low pressure system over the Southern Grand Banks will continue southward today. Official and unofficial snowfall reports indicate widespread 20 to 30 centimetres snowfall accumulations overnight with higher amounts likely over parts of the Avalon and Northern Burin Peninsula. Blizzard conditions that developed overnight for the Burin, Bonavista, and Avalon peninsulas will continue today. Additionally, blizzard conditions can now be expected over most of the Bonavista North region today.
For Gander: fresh snow and winds gusting to 80 km/h will give reduced visibilities in blowing snow today.
For the Connaigre and Burin peninsulas: High winds gusting near 100 km/h, a further 2 to 5 centimetres and the fresh snowfall will combine for near zero visibilities in blizzard conditions this morning and possible early this afternoon.
For the Terra Nova area, Clarenville area, Avalon and Bonavista Peninsulas: High winds gusting between 100 and 130 km/h, further snowfall amounts between 15 and 40 centimetres and a fresh snowfall will give near zero visibilities in blizzard conditions today. Blizzard conditions are forecast to improve this afternoon or evening as the snow begins to taper to flurries or drizzle.
In addition, high waves and pounding surf can be expected for the Bonavista and Avalon Peninsula today. This will cause higher than normal water levels which could result in minor coastal flooding at high tide this morning and this evening.
For St. John's area today, snow at times heavy and blowing snow. Amount 30 cm. Wind north 90 km/h gusting to 120 diminishing to 70 gusting to 100 this afternoon. High zero. Tonight, snow changing to periods of rain or drizzle near midnight. Snowfall amount 5 to 10 cm. Fog developing overnight. Wind north 70 km/h gusting to 100 diminishing to 50 gusting to 80 this evening. Temperature rising to plus 2 by morning.