UPDATE: Storm watch upgraded to storm warning for St. John's area

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Near 25 cms expected, event cancellations, postponements

Environment Canada has upgraded its winter storm watch for St. John's and vicinity to a winter storm warning and is now forecasting snowfall amounts near 25 cms between Saturday and Sunday morning.

 Heavy snow, strong winds and blowing snow are forecast for Saturday and Environment Canada is warning that dangerous winter weather conditions are expected.


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Environment Canada has issued a winter storm watch for St. John's and vicinity.

The weather office says snow, blowing snow and high winds will develop by Saturday afternoon. Its also alerting the public to the potential development of dangerous winter weather conditions.

A cold northwesterly flow is expected to persist over Newfoundland today. The cold airmass will result in wind chills of - 35 C over the Northern Peninsula until early this afternoon.

In the meantime, a low pressure system developing near Cape Hatteras will rapidly deepen as it tracks south of Nova Scotia Saturday. A warm front extending from this low will sweep towards Southeastern Newfoundland Saturday afternoon.

Heavy snow, blowing snow and high winds are forecast to develop ahead of this warm front by Saturday afternoon.

Environment Canada says snowfall amounts may possibly exceed 15 cms by Saturday night and further amounts are expected into Sunday morning.

Winds are forecast to gust up to 80 ams per hour by Saturday night.

For Southeastern Newfoundland, snow is expected to mix with ice pellets and freezing rain before changing to rain by Sunday afternoon. Warnings are expected to be issued with this system and the public is advised to monitor future forecasts.

Environment Canada forecasts can be accessed online at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.


• Newman Sound Men's Choir has stated that, In light of Saturday's weather forecast, and out of consideration for families, staff and our singers who would have to face the elements all day, Newman Sound's 6th annual Love Songs for Seniors has been postponed and rescheduled for next Saturday, February 16. Many thanks to the three residences for their very kind consideration and concern. We're happy to say that the schedule and venues are exactly the same.

Saturday, February 16th - All concerts are free.

11:00 - Admirals Coast Retirement Village, Kelligrews

1:30 - Agnes Pratt Home

3:00 - Caribou Veterans' Pavilion, Miller Centre



• Snow Daze Dog walk event for Saturday at Mundy Pond Walking Trail and Dog Park has been cancelled.

St. John's residents, please be advised that due to the inclement weather forecast for Saturday the Snow Daze Dog Walk and Play Day event scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mundy Pond walking trail and Dog Park has been cancelled.


• The winner of the Lawrence Jackson Writers’ Award will be announced Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the regular meeting of the A.C. Hunter Library Book Club. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The A.C. Hunter Library (St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre)

7:00 p.m. – Book Club meeting*

7:45 p.m. – Award presentation


• Due to Saturday's weather forecast, the  "Living Gowns" performance art fashion show by Brent Coffin at the Leyton Gallery has been postponed until Saturday, Feb. 16.

On Saturday, February 16 at 3 pm, the Leyton Gallery will be the site of  "Living Gowns" - a performance art fashion show by Brent Coffin.  Brent's oil paintings are narrative and surrealistic in nature.  In addition to his paintings,  Brent designs and creates stunning gowns that are featured in his paintings.  The opening will start with this fabulous fashion performance and champagne and chocolates will be on the menu to also celebrate Valentines day.

The exhibit will be on display until March 2, 2013.  The Leyton Gallery is located on Clift's-Baird's Cove, off Water Street. Admission is free.



Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland, St. John's, Northern Peninsula Cape Hatteras Nova Scotia

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