Snow forecast for May 24th weekend

Deana Stokes Sullivan
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Wet, cool weather forecast for St. John's, Avalon region

Some people celebrating the May 24th holiday in the province this weekend may have to shovel snow from around their campsites and cabins.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for spring snowfall in Clarenville, Bonavista, parts of central and western Newfoundland and the Northern Peninsula.

The weather office says a low pressure system over the Maritimes will track slowly eastward south of Newfoundland today into Saturday.  Meanwhile, a trough extending northeastward from the low will slide slowly southeastward across the island.  

Rain ahead of the trough will transition to snow as the trough passes and temperatures drop.  Snow is falling in Northern Newfoundland and the changeover will take place over western, central, and Northeastern Newfoundland throughout the day today.  The snow will persist into Saturday for many areas.  

Environment Canada says some regions will see two to four cms of snow, but in higher terrain areas of central and northeastern Newfoundland, there may be up to 10 cms.

The areas included in the special weather statement are:

• Clarenville and vicinity

• Bonavista Peninsula;

• Terra Nova;

• Gander and vicinity;

• Bonavista North;

• Bay of Exploits;

• Green Bay - White Bay;

• Grand Falls-Windsor and vicinity;

• Buchans and the interior;

• Connaigre;

• Burgeo - Ramea;

• Corner Brook and vicinity;

• Deer Lake - Humber Valley;

• Gros Morne;

• Port Saunders and the Straits;

 • Northern Peninsula East.

Environment Canada says motorists travelling through these regions should prepare for possible winter driving conditions.

The public is advised to monitor forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca

On the Avalon, the forecast for the long weekend isn’t quite as bad, but the weather is expected to be cool and wet, which is often typical of the Victoria Day holiday in Newfoundland.

Environment Canada is forecasting 10-15 cms of rain Saturday in St. John’s and vicinity and fog patches, with the temperature steady around 4 degrees Celsius.

Sunday, periods of rain are forecast again with fog along the coast and a high of 4 degrees Celsius.

Monday’s forecast calls for a 60 per cent chance of rain showers, with a high temperature of 8 degrees Celsius.

After the long holiday weekend, temperatures are expected to climb back into the double digits next week around 11 and 12 Celsius.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Clarenville, St. John's Bonavista Northern Newfoundland Terra Nova Bonavista North Bay of Exploits Green Bay Corner Brook Deer Lake Humber Valley Port Saunders

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