UPDATE: Snow still not over for some regions, police say power outage increased alarm calls

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Blizzard, wind warnings in effect for some regions

Snowstorm Jan. 11, 2013. — Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram

As of 4 p.m. today, Environment Canada says between 25 and 55 cm of snow had fallen over areas impacted by today’s storm.

And while the majority of the snowfall may be over for the St. John’s area, a number of areas can expect at least between 5 to 10 cm more.

For the Bonavista North, Terra Nova, Clarenville, Avalon Peninsula North, and Bonavista Peninsula forecast regions: High winds gusting between 100 and 120 km/h, further snowfall amounts of 5 to 10 centimetres, and a fresh snowfall will give near zero visibilities in blizzard conditions into this evening. Blizzard conditions are forecast to improve tonight as the snow tapers off or changes to rain or drizzle.

In addition, high waves and pounding surf can be expected for the Bonavista and Avalon peninsulas. This will cause higher than normal water levels which could result in minor coastal flooding at high tide this evening and Saturday morning.

 

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says that, for the most part, the public heeded police requests for people to stay off the roads — unless absolutely necessary — during Thursday night’s and today’s blizzard.

Const. Talia Murphy said that since 3 p.m. Thursday, the RNC only responded to two reports of collisions, a surprisingly low number considering the deplorable driving conditions and the length and severity of the storm.

What did keep the RNC busy was a high level of security alarm calls from businesses and homes. The alarms weren’t set off by would-be thieves but by a stream of power outages that had electricity flicking on and off throughout the city and other parts of the province.

The RNC is asking people to remain off the roads even though the blizzard warning is over for the St. John’s area, saying that people would be wise to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary as the city is in clean-up mode.

Environment Canada reports that areas of the province affected by the storm received between 25 to 55 centimetres of snow with the St. John’s area clocking in snowfall amounts well into the higher end of that range.

The RNC also warns that with rising temperatures and precipitation giving over to a mix of snow and rain, icy conditions are quite possible and drivers should use caution.  

 

 

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At the tail end of today's snow storm, the St. John's area is forecast to get snow or freezing drizzle changing to periods of rain near midnight tonight and rain or drizzle for the next two days.

But Environment Canada is still warning of reduced visibility, with snow and blowing snow in parts of the Avalon Peninsula.

For the Bonavista North, Terra Nova, Clarenville, Avalon Peninsula North, and Bonavista Peninsula forecast regions, high winds are expected to gust between 100 and 120 km/h with further snowfall amounts of five to 10 centimetres. Blizzard conditions are forecast to improve tonight as the snow tapers off or changes to rain or drizzle.

 A blizzard warning has ended for the Burin Peninsula, but there's still a wind warning for that region. A blowing snow warning for the Gander area has ended.

In addition, Environment Canada says 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 evening and Saturday morning. 

Official and unofficial snowfall reports indicate widespread 25 to 55 centimetres snowfall accumulations so far through this afternoon with higher amounts likely over some areas.

 

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: St. John's, Avalon Peninsula, Bonavista North Terra Nova Gander

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  • stayed in
    January 12, 2013 - 05:26

    Why does the RNC think people stayed home because they ISSUED WARNINGS ??? I cannot find one person who stayed home for that reason !!!! Everyone I know stayed home because IT WASN'T FIT TO BE OUTSIDE ! It's as simple as that !!! The RNC had nothing to do with it.