Freezing rain, snow hitting province today

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Significant snowfall, freezing rain, blowing snow and winds expected today, tonight and Thursday morning, according to Environment Canada.

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Snow began over the south coast of the province early this morning and then spread northward. The snow will change through ice pellets and freezing rain to rain over southeastern areas during the day.

For areas under a rainfall warning: rainfall accumulations of 25 to 40 millimeters are forecast by Thursday morning.

For Clarenville, Terra Nova and the Bonavista and Connaigre peninsulas: snowfall accumulations of 10 to 15 centimetres are expected today before changing through a significant period of both ice pellets and freezing rain this afternoon into tonight.

 Precipitation is expected to change over to rain this evening with amounts between 10 and 20 millimetres before changing back to snow early Thursday morning.

However, in the Bay d'Espoir region as well as Terra Nova National Park, precipitation is forecast to remain as freezing rain for an extended period of six to nine hours before changing back to snow late overnight.

Significant ice buildup or localized flooding may cause hazardous driving conditions.

Furthermore, strong northwesterly winds will develop Thursday morning with gusts to 100 km/h for exposed areas of the east coast.

For Gander and Bonavista North: snow at times heavy is expected to develop today giving total amounts near 25 centimetres by Thursday morning.

Snow will be mixed with or change over to ice pellets this evening however a change over back to snow is expected overnight tonight. Strong northwesterly winds are also expected to develop overnight with gusts between 80 and 100 km/h.

This will combine with freshly fallen snow to reduce visibility in blowing snow early Thursday morning.

For areas under a blizzard warning: snow at times heavy is expected to develop this morning and spread northward from the southwest coast to the Northern Peninsula by late afternoon.

Total snowfall accumul ations of 15 to 30 centimetres are forecast by Thursday morning.

Strong northeasterly winds are expected to develop this afternoon in the southwest and will spread to the north by this evening. Fresh fallen snow, cold temperatures and very strong winds are expected to combine to reduce visibilities to near zero in blowing snow.

Conditions are forecast to improve by noon Thursday for most areas. Additionally, wind gusts of 100 km/h are expected in the Burgeo area tonight and for the northeast coast late overnight and Thursday morning.

Finally, strong southwesterly winds are expected to develop overnight into Thursday morning for the Burin and Avalon peninsulas with gusts between 80 and 110 km/h.

Geographic location: Terra Nova, Bonavista, Terra Nova National Park Bonavista North Northern Peninsula Burgeo

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