Major winter storm forecast to hit Newfoundland Sunday

Deana Stokes Sullivan
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Environment Canada is forecasting a major winter storm, affecting most of Newfoundland, will begin late Sunday and continue into Monday.

An Environment Canada map shows areas in grey where a special weather statement has been issued for a major winter storm to afftect most of Newfoundland Sunday into Monday. The areas in red on the island are where warnings have been issued for snow squalls today and Saturday, while wind chill warnings have been issued for Labrador City and Wabush, shown in red on the map of Labrador.

The weather office says a low pressure system is forecast to move off the east coast of the United States on Sunday and approach Newfoundland Sunday night.

“This system brings with it the potential for significant snowfall and strong winds, beginning on Sunday and persisting into Monday. Areas of eastern Newfoundland could also see a mix with rain or change over to rain early on Monday,” Environment Canada says in a special weather statement on its website.

“Exact snowfall amounts and the exact location of mixed precipitation is uncertain at this time. Updated bulletins will be issued as new information becomes available.”

Environment Canada says it will continue to monitor the system and determine if weather warnings will be required. The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required. Environment Canada’s website is www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.

For Labrador west, Environment Canada has also issued a warning today of extreme wind chills near -49 Celsius.

It says a deep low pressure system east of the Labrador Sea will slowly move northwestward today and Saturday. Conditions are expected to gradually improve this afternoon as the temperatures begin to rise.

There are also warnings about snow squalls today and Saturday for southeast and southwest Avalon areas, Bay St. George, the Burin Peninsula, Channel-Port aux Basques and vicinity, as well as Corner Brook, Deer Lake and Gros Morne.

Environment Canada says a frigid westerly flow associated with a deep low pressure system east of the Labrador Sea is causing intermittent snow squalls for these areas.

“They will produce near zero visibilities and locally significant snowfall accumulations over brief periods of time. Conditions are expected to gradually improve on Saturday as the low drifts north and begins to weaken.”

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland, United States, Avalon Channel-Port aux Basques Corner Brook Deer Lake

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