Storm surge, highway warnings issued

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Published on February 14, 2014

Vehicles try to make it through flooding on Water Street this afternoon, near the Harvey dock. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Published on February 14, 2014

This section of Harbour Drive in St. John's is flooded this afternoon by about a foot of water. The flooding is due to rain, melting snow and snow-blocked drains. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Published on February 14, 2014

A tow truck driver prepares to remove a car that slid off the Manuels Access Road. The minor accident occurred around noon during slippery conditions and whiteouts from a storm passing across the island. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Published on February 14, 2014

A long lineup of traffic is stopped on a ramp from the Trans-Canada Highway to the Manuels access road due to the ramp not being cleared properly and a minor traffic collision. Road conditions in the St. John's-metro area are bad with high winds and whiteout conditions. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Published on February 14, 2014

A pedestrian braves the elements as snow continues to fall in St. John's. Environment Canada says the snow will turn to freezing rain and then rain this afternoon in St. John's-metro. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Published on February 14, 2014

A Newfoundland Department of Transportation and Works highway webcam view from Foxtrap, showing snow-covered road conditions.

Published on February 14, 2014

Environment Canada weather for St. John's and vicinity

Published on February 14, 2014

Environment Canada weather for St. John's and vicinity

Snow has turned to rain in St. John's-metro

Fire and Emergency Services-Newfoundland and Labrador (FES-NL) is advising residents to be cautious around coastlines and waterways over the next 24 to 36 hours.

And, the RCMP is advising motorists to stay off roads in the Avalon east region due to treacherous conditions from the current storm blowing across the island.

Environment Canada has issued a storm surge warning for the southern Avalon, Burin Peninsula and Connaigre Peninsula to Port aux Basques. High waves and pounding surf activity for these areas are expected to produce elevated water levels that could impact the coastline and associated infrastructure.

FES-NL encourages residents to be mindful of these conditions that are forecast over the next 24 to 36 hours and avoid coastal areas if at all possible. Conditions may be extremely hazardous and emergency management officials advise the public to use extreme caution.

Residents are reminded to follow the latest weather forecast at for further warnings and advisories from weather experts and take measures to ensure personal safety is top priority.

The storm surges are part of a winter storm affecting Newfoundland today.

Snow is now turning to rain in parts of the St. John's-metro region.

Environment Canada says the heaviest snowfall will be in the southwestern portion of the island where up to 25 centimetres of snowfall is expected before the changeover to rain.

In St. John's-metro, the snowfall amount is expected to be in the area of five to 10 cm before a changeover to freezing rain and rain.The forecasted rainfall amount is about 10 mm.

Metro area motorists are driving cautiously or staying home: fire department

Drivers in the St. John’s metro area are facing tough weather conditions today, but the local fire department has fortunately not been inundated with calls to respond to motor vehicle accidents.

“Generally around the city, it has been relatively quiet,” said Supt. Derek Chafe of the St. John’s Regional Fire Department. “It seems most people are driving cautiously or staying home.”

Highway accidents have been a more common occurrence, according to Chafe. Crews were just leaving a scene near the overpass at the Trans Canada Highway and the Manuels Access Road when Chafe spoke to The Telegram. There was also a highway accident near Butter Pot Provincial Park.

Snow was falling at a consistent pace Friday morning in St. John’s and has since changed to rain. Wind gusts close to 90 kilometres per hour have also been reported in the city.

RCMP asking drivers to stay off the highways in Avalon east region

The RCMP in Holyrood is advising of very poor road conditions in the Avalon East area. 

Conditions are treacherous, snow covered and slippery, with little to no visibility due to drifting and heavy snowfall. 

The RCMP is requesting the motoring public to stay off the roads if travel is not necessary.

The RCMP Trepassey detachment is also advising of poor travel conditions, slushy roads, ice-covered and very slippery.

Winds are very high and weather is changing between rain, snow and freezing rain. 

The RCMP is asking the motoring public avoid travel. Use caution and reduce speed if travel is necessary.


Schools affected by storm

Schools throughout Newfoundland have also been affected by the storm.

In St. John's-metro, kindergarten classes have been cancelled due to the weather and across the province, there have been numerous delays and closures.

Due to weather conditions, Anthony Paddon Elementary, Musgravetown and Heritage Collegiate, Lethbridge will be closed for the reainder of the day.

Many other schools throughout the province have announced they are closed for the remainder of the day, including all schools in the Corner Brook system.

A complete listing of N.L. English School District updates can be viewed by clicking HERE.


Here are some more weather-related announcements:

GoBus Accessible Transit Closing Due to Weather

GoBus Accessible Transit has suspended picking up customers pending improvement in local weather conditions.

GoBus will immediately pick up customers and return them to their homes. Service may resume if conditions improve.

GoBus Accessible Transit apologizes for any inconvenience.


1 Billion Rising Demonstration to be rescheduled

Due to the weather, today’s flash mob and demonstration to reinstate the Family Violence Intervention Court at Atlantic Place has been canceled.

The event will be rescheduled.



Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Southern Avalon, Port aux Basques

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