High winds continuing today in St. John's-metro

Deana Stokes Sullivan
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The snow and rain has ended in the St. John’s-metro region, but high winds are expected to continue today, with gusts up to 80 km/h.

Overnight, high winds caused some damage in St. John's-metro and stormy conditions caused some motorists to leave their vehicles on roadsides after they became stuck in snow.

This morning, the snow turned to ice pellets and then rain. According to Environment Canada, 11.8 cm of snow fell in St. John’s Wednesday and 13.8 mm of rain.

There are still wind warnings for much of the island and blowing snow and blizzard warnings for the Northern Peninsula and parts of Labrador.

There were some power outages overnight affecting areas including Torbay and Bauline. This morning, Newfoundland Power is reporting outages in the Rose Blanche area on the province’s west coast and in the Old Perlican, Daniel’s Cove areas. The reason is said to be severe weather conditions.

A power outage was reported earlier this morning as well in the Whitbourne-Conception Bay North-Cape Shore regions, including Forest Field, St. Joseph’s, Newbridge and O’Donnell’s areas.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is reporting about 1,100 customers in the communities of Norris Point and Rocky Harbour on the Northern Peninsula without power from the storm. 

Line crews are on site this morning and materials are being brought in to aid restoration. The revised expected restoration time is 2 p.m.

Customers can get further updates on the Hydro power outages and emergencies line at 1-888-737-1296 or on Hydro’s website by clicking HERE.

Newfoundland Power is also dealing with power outages this morning in the Daniel's Cove and Old Perlican areas and some areas of the west coast.

Newfoundland Power outage information can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Newfoundland Hydro is also posting updates on Twitter @NLHydro and Newfoundland Power @NFPower.


Wind gusts up to 80 km/h today in St. John's

It’s currently about 2 Celsius in St. John’s.

Rain showers amounting to about two to four mm are expected to change to a few flurries this afternoon.

Winds are expected to be southeast 50 km/h gusting to 80, becoming southwest 60 gusting to 80 near noon. The temperature will fall to -1 Celsius this afternoon.

Tonight, the forecast calls for mainly cloudy conditions, with 60 percent chance of flurries. Winds will be southwest 60 km/h gusting to 80 and the low temperature -6 Celsius.

Environment Canada says an intense low pressure system off the southwest coast of Newfoundland will track over the west coast to lie over White Bay by this afternoon. The system will then move out to sea tonight.
For areas under a blizzard warning on the Northern Peninsula and in Labrador, fresh snow and winds gusting to 100 km/h continue to reduce visibilities to near zero. Conditions will improve this morning as the low centre nears the region.
For the south coast and parts of the west and northeast coasts, southerly to westerly winds gusting 100 to 120 km/h in the wake of the low will develop this today and tonight.

In addition, Environment Canada says higher than normal water levels combined with high waves will coincide with high astronomical tide today. This may cause some flooding and infrastructure damage along portions of the south coast and Southern Avalon Peninsula that are exposed to the southwest.

Some schools, flights, ferries affected by weather

Schools in St. John's-metro are open today, but there are many delayed openings throughout the province, due to poor weather.

Updated school information from the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Many flights in and out of St. John's International Airport have been cancelled today. Updated flight information can be accessed HERE.

Marine Atlantic cancelled ferry crossings between Port aux Basques and North Sydney Wednesday and again today.

The next crossing will be 11:45 a.m. Friday, weather permitting.

For more Marine Atlantic information, click HERE.

On the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry sevice, only one vessel is operating, the MV Beaumont Hamel. The MV Norcon Galatea is tied up due to high winds.

Information on that service can be accessed by phoning 895-6931.



Organizations: Environment Canada, Newfoundland Power

Geographic location: Northern Peninsula, St. John's, Labrador.There Torbay Bauline Rose Blanche Newfoundland Old Perlican Cape Shore regions White Bay Southern Avalon Peninsula

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  • Thomas
    March 27, 2014 - 09:19

    Nice photo of the home in Paradise. Another result of poor workmanship. Let me guess - siding tacked into strand board at two foot intervals and skipping every third row for good measure.