Stormy weather possible for eastern Newfoundland, beginning Friday

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Extreme cold warnings issued for parts of Labrador

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Avalon, Bonavista and Burin Peninsulas and Clarenville area for possible stormy weather, beginning Friday afternoon.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement (grey area) for possible stormy weather for the Avalon, Bonavista and Burin Peninsulas and Clarenville area, beginning Friday. Extreme cold warnings have been issued for parts of Labrador (red area), including Hopedale, Nain and the Postvile-Makkovik area.

It says a low pressure system is forecast to form over the southeastern United States and track northeastward toward Newfoundland on Friday. This system will pass east of the Avalon Peninsula on Saturday.

"While it is too early to predict the snowfall amounts associated with this system, there exists the potential for significant snowfall, high winds, and blowing snow over southeastern Newfoundland beginning Friday afternoon."

Extreme cold warnings for Labrador coastal communities

Meanwhile, extreme cold warnings have been issued for parts of Labrador, including Hopedale, Nain and the Postville-Makkovik area.

Environment Canada says a frigid Arctic air mass will give extreme wind chills tonight and Thursday morning.

It cautions that while anyone who isn't dressed warmly is at risk in cold weather conditions, some are at greater risk than others for frost bite and hypothermia:

- homeless people;

- outdoor workers;

- people living in homes that are poorly insulated (with no heat or no power);

- people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, peripheral neuropathy and diseases affecting the blood vessels, people taking certain medications including beta-blockers;

- winter sport enthusiasts;

- people who consume excess alcohol;

- infants;

- seniors.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

Geographic location: Newfoundland, United States

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Recent comments

  • Glenn Stockley
    January 27, 2016 - 15:36

    huge storm coming....lot's of terrible weather as well

  • Bob
    January 27, 2016 - 14:02

    I am in Corner Brook and it's snowing as I write thisThere's already a ton of snow on the ground.More than enough for anyone.It's nice to get a shovelling break as well.Corner Brook is far too snowy and has to be one of the snowiest cities in the Canada.

  • Jackie Barrett - Concerned Western Newfoundlander
    January 27, 2016 - 07:56

    I guess Western Newfoundland is being left out again from major snowstorms, snowsqualls, or blizzards, meaning that the "Snow Drought" continues. Ever since I moved to Western Newfoundland from Nova Scotia in late 2008, one thing I noticed is we get snow almost everyday during the December to February period, mostly from sea effect snow or snowsqualls. Even during usually strong El Nino Winters, such as Winter 2009-2010, Western Newfoundland had experienced snowsqualls. However, so far this winter, Western Newfoundland, especially the Corner Brook to St. Barbe corridor, has not experienced any major snowstorms, blizzards, or even snowsqualls; in fact, we only had two or three Snowsquall watches. To put it in perspective, around this time last winter, we received over 200 centimetres of snow, but so far this winter, we received only 70 or 80 centimetres. If the trend continues, Corner Brook area won't meet the 400 centimetre snowfall per winter average. As a former Special Olympian, with the lack of frequent snowsqualls or even one major snowstorm in Western Newfoundland so far this winter, my concern is that we may not have enough snow in time for the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games to be held from March 1-6 in Corner Brook. Let's hope that Mother Nature will be a little more cooperative and start bringing some much needed snow to Western Newfoundland, notably the Corner Brook to St. Barbe Corridor, in time for a first ever national level Special Olympics event held in this province.