Snow expected to end this afternoon, more for Friday

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Traffic is slow moving in the St. John’s area today, with snow-covered and slippery road conditions resulting in a number of minor traffic accidents.

A RNC officer speaks with the occupants of one of two vehicles involved in a minor motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Freshwater Road and Linscott Street in St. John’s this morning. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Environment Canada says the snow today in the St. John’s area is expected to end this afternoon.

Amount to fall today about 5 cm.

For Friday, periods of snow beginning in the morning and ending in the afternoon, then 60 per cent chance of flurries late in the afternoon and in the evening. Amount 2 to 4 cm, likely with strong winds.

Blowing snow over exposed areas in the afternoon and evening. High minus 1.

For the island, a low pressure system over Ontario will move across Nova Scotia Friday morning and rapidly deepen as it crosses Newfoundland later on Friday.

Snow associated with this system will develop over southwestern Newfoundland near midnight tonight and spread across the remainder of the island by Friday morning.

At present time, total snowfall amounts are expected to range from near five centimetres over eastern regions up to near 15 centimetres over southwestern regions.

Additionally, strong southeasterly winds ahead of this system will spread to much of southern and eastern Newfoundland tonight and early Friday before switching to very strong westerlies as the system passes.

The fresh snowfall combined with these strong winds will cause reduced visibilities in blowing snow through the day on Friday.

Environment Canada notes, however, there is still some uncertainty with the strength of this system when it passes over Newfoundland.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Ontario, Nova Scotia

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