Poor driving conditions expected on the Avalon this afternoon

Deana Stokes Sullivan
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Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for St. John's and the Avalon Peninsula today, cautioning motorists that driving conditions could become "messy," with rain, snow and ice pellets this afternoon and into this evening.

St. John's streets are wet this morning as seen here on New Gower Street. Environment Canada is forecast 15-25 mm of rain before a changeover to ice pellets and snow this afternoon. — Photo by Gary Grant/The Telegram

A cold front currently over central Newfoundland is expected to reach the Avalon Peninsula by this afternoon. Rain, at times heavy this morning, will transition to snow or ice pellets in the afternoon as the temperatures fall.

Environment Canada is forecasting 15-25 mm of rain in St. John's and vicinity this morning, before the changeover. The temperature is expected to drop to about 2 Celsius this afternoon and 0 Celsius tonight.

Snow and ice pellet accumulations are expected to be near or slightly more than five centimetres. The snow will then taper to scattered flurries tonight.

Environment Canada is advising the public to monitor its latest forecasts and warnings at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Avalon Peninsula, St. John's

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