Freezing rain, wind, storm warnings in effect for Newfoundland

Deana Stokes Sullivan
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Roads in the St. John's-metro area are becoming slippery this afternoon as a freezing rain warning is in effect for the Avalon north region.

Environment Canada is also warning that high winds will develop tonight, with gusts up to 100 km/h.

The weather office says a low pressure system will strengthen as it tracks south of Newfoundland today and across eastern Newfoundland tonight. This system is expected to bring strengthening winds, snow, freezing rain, and rain to the island throughout the day today.

There are also winter storm warnings for some areas of the province, including western and central regions and Bonavista north, with heavy snow expected and total accumulations of up to 20 cm before the snow tapers off early tonight or early Friday morning.

This snow, combined with northerly winds, gusting between 70 and 100 km/h is expected to cause near zero visibility in blowing snow tonight.

Freezing rain is expected to change to rain or snow later this afternoon for all regions where freezing rain warnings are in effect, including the Avalon north region and the Bonavista Peninsulas.

For regions under a wind warning, including St. John's and the Avalon Peninsula, Environment Canada says very strong northwesterly winds are expected to develop behind this low as it tracks off the east dots of Newfoundland. Wind gusts of 100 km/h are expected overnight tonight before gradually diminishing throughout the day on Friday.

Another mix of winter weather is in the forecast for Saturday.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement about another low pressure system that will cross the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Saturday, continue through southeastern Labrador overnight and track east of the province on Sunday.

It says this system is expected to bring strong winds as well as a wintry mix of snow, ice pellets, freezing rain and rain to much of the island.

Precipitation is expected to begin as snow in the southwest overnight Friday and spread throughout the island Sunday morning. The snow is then expected to change to ice pellets for most of the island throughout the day Saturday, except for southern and eastern regions where the precipitation is expected to change to freezing rain and rain late in the day.

Environment Canada says there is still some uncertainty with respect to this system's track and intensity. The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as watches and warnings may be required.

Environment Canada updates can be read online at

Organizations: Environment Canada, Saturday.Environment Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Bonavista, Peninsulas.For regions St. John's Southeastern Labrador

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