Adverse weather conditions anticipated throughout Newfoundland and Labrador this evening

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Residents of the province are being urged to be cautious around coastlines and waterways over the coming days due to an anticipated storm surge, Fire and Emergency Services — Newfoundland and Labrador (FES-NL) said today.

A news release notes that, according to Environment Canada, a weather system approaching Newfoundland and Labrador may cause higher than normal water levels during high tide this evening, along with the possibility of high winds, and snow and freezing rain in certain areas of the province.

The Northern Peninsula, Channel-Port Aux Basques, southern and eastern Newfoundland may be affected by the adverse weather and resulting storm surge.

Municipalities and local service districts should ensure infrastructure such as roads, ditches and drains are clear of debris and appropriate provisions are made for the delivery of services in the event the weather has a greater effect than anticipated.

Environment Canada is also reminding residents to be on the lookout for large waves and pounding surf along portions of the south coast particularly during high tide this evening. These waves, combined with the high spring tides, will result in elevated water levels which could cause minor coastal flooding, beach erosion, and infrastructure damage.

Low lying coastal areas exposed to the south or southwest from Point May on the Burin Peninsula eastward to Cape Race will be most susceptible.

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Wind warnings issued for Newfoundland, storm warnings for parts of Labrador

Environment Canada has issued wind warnings for Newfoundland's east and west coasts and parts of the Northern Peninsula.

The weather office says wind gusts could reach as high as 110 km/h today and tonight.

A low pressure system off Cape Breton Island is tracking slowly northeastward today and cross central Newfoundland overnight.

For southern and eastern Newfoundland, southwesterly winds, with gusts to 110 km/hour, will develop tonight in the wake of the low. These winds are expected to diminish slightly by Thursday morning.

For the Northern Peninsula, northeasterly winds gusting to 100 km/h ahead of this system will diminish below warning criteria near midnight.

Environment Canada says the system will also bring messy weather conditions to the Northern Peninsula with snow and freezing rain changing to rain and ice pellets by this evening then back to flurries tonight.

For the west coast, Corner Brook and north, winds are expected to gust to 110 km/h.

For Channel-Port aux Basques and vicinity, northwesterly winds with gusts reaching 110 km/hour will develop tonight behind this system and are expected to diminish slightly by Thursday morning.

In Labrador, winter storm warnings are in effect for several areas.

For Cartwright to Black Tickle, the eastern half of the Eagle River and inland areas of Norman Bay to Lodge Bay, Environment Canada says snow will be heavy at times throughout today and tonight with amounts of 30 to as much as 60 centimetres expected by Thursday morning.

For coastal areas of Norman Bay to Lodge Bay and Red Bay to L'Anse-au-Clair, the snow will mix with or possibly even change to ice pellets which will reduce the overall snow accumulations. About 15 to 30 centimetres are expected in these areas.

These areas are also expected to experience high wind gusts of up to 110 km/h today and into tonight.

Environment Canada is also advising the public to be on the lookout for large waves and pounding surf along parts of the south coast and east coast during high tide tonight. These waves combined with the high tides, will result in elevated waters levels which could cause minor coastal flooding.

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Heavy weather hits the Maritimes

The Canadian Press — Halifax

Powerful winds, heavy rain and snow led to power outages and traffic problems across the Maritimes today.

Transport officials in Nova Scotia say a toll highway notorious for sudden snow squalls was blocked early in the day when several tractor-trailers got stuck on a hill approaching either side of the toll booth plaza.

Motorists were advised to avoid the Cobequid Pass, which is along one of the highways that links northern Nova Scotia with New Brunswick.

Spokeswoman Pam Menchenton says the eastbound lane of Highway 104 was eventually opened, but a section of the westbound lanes remained closed as crews tried to clean up the mess.

She said matters were made worse by the fact that automated message signs along the highway malfunctioned when the storm moved through.

Meanwhile, there were sporadic power outages in New Brunswick, and about ten thousand residents and businesses in Nova Scotia were without power as strong gusts pulled down power lines.

As well, the Confederation Bridge was temporarily closed to high-sided vehicles, motorcycles and cars pulling trailers.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Labrador, Northern Peninsula, Cape Breton Island Norman Bay Lodge Bay Corner Brook Channel-Port aux Basques Eagle River Red Bay

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