LIVE: Weather Blog — Winter storm hits Newfoundland

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The first major storm to hit Newfoundland has turned to rain on the Avalon Peninsula, but there are still storm warnings and blowing snow warnings for other parts of the island this morning.

There's also a special weather statement issued by Environment Canada for more winter weather on Wednesday.

Today, Environment Canada has continued storm and blowing snow warnings for Bonavista, Clarenville, central, western and northern regions of the island.

In St. John’s, the weather office recorded 15.4 cemtimetres of snow Sunday. With temperatures increasing to above zero Celsius, the snow turned to rain early this morning.

Because of the weather, there have been many flight cancellations at St. John’s International Airport. Travellers should check with their airlines to determine if their flights are affected.

Marine Atlantic cancelled its ferry service between Port aux Basques and North Sydney last night and again this morning due to weather conditions.

Schools in St. John's-metro are open today, but there are numerous morning closures and delayed openings throughout the province.

Power outages were reported overnight in Paradise, the Goulds area of St. John’s and centre city in the area of Blackmarsh Road, Hamilton Avenue and LeMarchant Road. However, Newfoundland Power is reporting no power outages this morning.

The Telegram ran a live blog on our website Sunday night during the storm and it's continuing this morning with updated news and weather information.

To view the live online blog, click HERE.

To view the live blog in mobile version, click HERE.

 Related Canadian Press story — Large storm blasts eastern provinces

Today, the St. John’s-metro forecast is rain, changing to periods of snow this afternoon and tonight. Total rainfall is expected to be about two to four millimetres and total snowfall two to four centimetres.

Environment Canada says another messy winter system is expected to affect Newfoundland on Wednesday and Wednesday night.

A low pressure system is forecast to move off the east coast of the United States late Tuesday and approach Newfoundland Wednesday night bringing a wintry mix of snow, rain and strong winds across the island.

Environment Canada says this system has the potential to bring significant snowfall amounts and blowing snow to western and northern Newfoundland on Wednesday and Wednesday night. For eastern Newfoundland, the snow is expected to change over to rain and there is the potential for significant rainfall amounts by Thursday morning.

There remains some uncertainty with respect to the intensity and track of this system. The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required.

Environment Canada’s website is



(Earlier story from Sunday, Dec. 15)

A winter storm warning is in effect for all of Newfoundland.

Environment Canada is forecasting heavy snow and high winds with blowing snow tonight through to Monday. Total snowfall accumulations of 15 to 35 centimetres are expected by Monday evening.

The weather office says this is a warning that dangerous winter weather conditions are expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.

A low pressure system just southwest of Nova Scotia is expected to intensify as it approaches Newfoundland tonight. Snow at times heavy ahead of this system has begun over Southwestern Newfoundland and will spread northeastward across the island this evening. Heavy snow will move offshore before morning, but periods of snow in the wake of the low will persist over the island though Monday. East of the Burin and Bonavista peninsulas, snow will change over to rain for a period of time overnight and early Monday. For all regions under a winter storm warning, 15 to 35 centimetres of snow are forecast by Monday evening.

In addition, strong southeasterly to northeasterly winds will develop across Newfoundland tonight. These winds will combine with freshly fallen snow to produce blowing snow and reduce visibilities across the entire island tonight. Blowing snow will persist into Monday northwest of the Burin and Bonavista peninsulas.

Winds will be particularly strong over coastal regions of Southern Newfoundland, where gusts to 110 km/h are expected to develop this evening, and in the Wreckhouse area, where gusts to 130 km/h are expected during the same timeframe.

A significant storm surge is associated with this system, but it is not expected to have an impact as it occurs during low tide. However, high seas and pounding surf conditions are expected along southern portions of the Avalon and Burin peninsulas overnight tonight and early Monday morning.

The Telegram will be providing live coverage of weather conditions around the province, with streaming weather and traffice updates from Twitter.

If you have a weather or traffic photo, use the hashtags on Twitter #nlwx or #nltraffic to add to our stream.

To view the live online blog, click HERE.

To view the live blog in mobile version, click HERE.


Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Southern Newfoundland Wreckhouse

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