UPDATED: Gander gets 58 centimetres of snow

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Beats May 1972 record of 49 centimetres

Gander has been hit hard by record-breaking snowfall this weekend. It meant gassing up the snowblowers again to clear the driveway.

The final total for how much snow accumulated in Gander over the May 24th weekend has helped this year's month of May become the snowiest one ever for the central Newfoundland community.

Environment Canada is reporting that 58 centimetres accumulated over a 36-hour period from Saturday morning to Sunday evening. The previous record for the entire month of May was 49 centimetres, set in 1972.

On average, 13 centimetres of snowfall accumulates in Gander for the entire month of May.

For more on this story, read Tuesday's edition of The Telegram.


(Earlier story)

While people in many parts of the province are likely disappointed by the fog, mist and drizzle that has dominated their Victoria Day weekend, they can at least be thankful they are not in Gander.

The central Newfoundland community has been walloped by an intense low pressure system since overnight Friday, resulting in over 50 centimetres of accumulated snowfall — 54.5 in all as of 2 p.m. Sunday.

According to meteorologist Wanda Rideout from Environment Canada’s Gander weather office, a further 10 centimetres is expected to fall by midnight Sunday. However, she said approximately 10-12 centimetres has already melted.

“It obliterated every record we had,” said Rideout. The current storm has already exceeded the record total accumulated for the entire month of May in Gander.

Rideout said reduced visibility has been a problem at times because of heavy snowfall, though blowing snow has not been so much of an issue.

“There’s a building across from us,” said Rideout, “and there’s periods where we can’t even see the building. It’s very heavy snow.”

An unofficial report from the nearby community of Gander Bay advised that 15-20 centimetres has fallen there, and Glovertown is also now reporting snow.

Once the snow stops falling, weather is expected to switch to freezing drizzle. Whatever snowfall amounts accumulate by then, Rideout said it all should disappear soon from the ground. By Tuesday, a high temperature of 15 C is expected in Gander.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Gander Bay, Newfoundland, Glovertown

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Recent comments

  • Jenny to Eli
    May 21, 2013 - 06:22

    The only have to be off by May 1st if they are studded. Snow tires that are not studded can stay on all year long if one wishes.

  • Margaret Reader
    May 20, 2013 - 17:57

    Why, why, why does this article state the snowfall took place on the May 24th weekend when it's NOT May 24 yet? It snowed on May 19, which happens to be the VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND this year. Please call the holiday weekend by it's proper name, and stop publishing news that is impossible .You don't know that it will snow on May 24, so why state that it already did?

  • Newfie Camper
    May 20, 2013 - 17:34

    Anyone can have fun camping, but only a Newfoundlander can have fun camping in the snow.

  • Sheri
    May 20, 2013 - 16:42

    @ Eli....studs have to be off...ur choice if u want to leave ur winter tire on or not!!...I drove through Gander in the midst of the storm...it wasn't so bad until big a$s trucks decided to be total idiots and put everyones lives in danger by speeding ahead and passing me....why is it that most people who drive trucks have no consideration for anyone else on the road?! And btw-I should mention, not 1 plow to be seen and in 5 hours of driving on a May 24th weekend, not 1 cop did I see....way to keep our roads safe...

  • danny buffett
    May 20, 2013 - 13:46

    What, exactly, are "snow tries"?

  • Robert
    May 20, 2013 - 09:55

    Expect a very good early run of salmon on the Gander River this year! This cold water run off will do wonders for salmon!

  • Lorraine MIchael
    May 20, 2013 - 09:01

    We drove through the heavy snowfall yesterday. Unbelievable. For the most part the drviers respected the weather conditions and drove safely, with a couple of exceptions. Everyone was content to stay at 50 km. It was good to drive out of it though when we hit the east end of Terra Nova Park. MOst unfortunate for people; living in the Gander region.

  • Gander Girl
    May 20, 2013 - 05:41

    Only good thing about this snow is it makes a good beer cooler!!!

  • This aint St Johns
    May 19, 2013 - 15:24

    LOL ... I pitty those poor guys who took their snow tries off their trucks. ... LOL

    • Eli
      May 20, 2013 - 10:21

      Last I heard they had to be off by May 1st.