Wreckhouse winds could reach 160 kms today

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Schools opening in St. John's this afternoon

Snow in St. John's this morning quickly changed to rain, making for slushy street conditions. This photo was taken on Logy Bay Road. — Photo by Gerry Carew/The Telegram

Environment Canada is warning of high easterly winds today in Newfoundland with gusts reaching up to 160 kms/h in the Wreckhouse area on the province's west coast.

The weather office says an intense low pressure system from Cape Breton Island is tracking northward to move over the Gulf of St. Lawrence today.

The west coast of the island from Gros Morne to the Wreckhouse area are expected to experience the strongest winds, with gusts reaching 140 kms/h along parts of the coast and locally 160 km/h near Wreckhouse.

Elsewhere across the island gusts between 100 and 120 kms/h are anticipated.

Environment Canada says winds will begin to ease over southern parts of the island by midday and elsewhere later in the day as the low tracks northward.

In addition, the weather office has issued wind warnings that high waves and pounding surf will develop along the southwest coast of Newfoundland today from Cape Ray to Hermitage Bay.

Much of the province is also affected today by a storm system that has dumped the most snowfall on the Northern Peninsula.

Police have been warning that road conditions in central and western Newfoundland today are poor as a result of this system.

The St. John's region escaped the brunt of the storm. A delayed start of the snowfall and quick change to rain altered the forecast.

Only a few centimetres of snow fell in the St. John's region this morning before the changeover.

Schools in the region were closed this morning, but are opening this afternoon.

Eastern School District says individual schools will communicate to parents/guardians information regarding school opening times and bus run times.

Memorial University's St. John's campus, including the Marine Institute and Childcare Centre, will open at 1 p.m.

The College of the North Atlantic's Prince Philip Drive campus and Children's Centre, Ridge Road campus and Seal Cove campus will also open at 1 p.m.

Other CNA campuses that were closed this morning are opening this afternoon, with the exception of the CNA Gander campus which will remain closed for the day because of blowing snow and deteriorating road conditions.

CNA updates are available online at www.cna.nl.ca/closures.

• Due to extremely high winds in the area, the Bonne Bay Health Centre will be closed immediately for clients and visitors. Clients/patients with appointments for the remainder of today will be contacted to reschedule. There will be no visitation to the facility for the remainder of today.  The health centre will remain open for patients who require emergency services only. As soon as the weather in the area improves, the health centre will re-open. 


Organizations: CNA, Environment Canada, Marine Institute

Geographic location: Wreckhouse, St. John's, Newfoundland Cape Breton Island Cape Ray Hermitage Bay Ridge Road Seal Cove

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