Wind warning issued for Newfoundland

Deana Stokes Sullivan
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Northern Peninsula expected to get 15 cms of snow tonight and Friday

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for most of Newfoundland tonight and Friday, with the highest winds expected in the Wreckhouse area on the province's west coast.

Strong easterly winds gusting up to 110 kms/h are expected to develop over the province tonight and into Friday.

Environment Canada says a low pressure centre east of Cape Hatteras will intensify as it tracks northward to lie near Cape Breton by Friday morning. Strong easterly winds will spread across the island in advance of this system after midnight tonight, with gusts reaching 110 kms/h, and 140 kms/h in the Wreckhouse area.

"This is a warning that potentially damaging winds are expected in these regions. Monitor weather conditions. Listen for updated statements," Environment Canada is advising the public.

A snow storm coming our way is expected to dump the most snow on the Northern Peninsula, up to 15 cms and turn to freezing rain and rain as it moves east across the island.

Snow and blowing snow is forecast for St. John's and vicinity beginning overnight, with total accumulations of five to 10 cms.

On Friday, further snowfall amounts of two to four cms are forecast in the St. John's region. But the snow is then expected to mix with freezing rain and then turn to rain in the morning, then ending late in the afternoon, with 60 per cent chance of flurries or rain showers for the rest of the day.

Saturday, in the St. John's region, it's expected to be cloudy with a 40 per cent change of rain showers or flurries. The high temperature is expected to be 3 C and low -2 C.

Weather updates are available on Environment Canada's website at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Wreckhouse, St. John's Cape Hatteras Cape Breton

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