Winter storm watch for Newfoundland's east coast

Deana Stokes Sullivan
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Environment Canada has issued a winter storm watch for Newfoundland's east coast for Saturday.

The area includes St. John's-metro and the Avalon Peninsula, Bonavista Peninsula, Burin Peninsula, Clarenville, Connaigre and Terra Nova regions.

Environment Canada says current guidance indicates that snow, heavy at times, will begin over the Burin and southern Avalon Peninsulas near noon on Saturday and spread northward. Total snowfall amounts near 15 to 20 cm are likely in some areas before snow tapers off on Saturday evening, with lesser amounts expected over more western and northern areas.

The weather office says there is still some uncertainty in the amount and location of the highest snowfall, and parts of the southern Avalon Peninsula may see rain mixing in with the snow in the evening.

Strong northeasterly winds will develop on Saturday evening and, combined with the freshly fallen snow, are likely to give poor visibilities in blowing snow.

The public is advised to monitor future forecasts as warnings are likely to be issued closer to the event.

Special weather statements have been issued for Bonavista North and Gander and vicinity for strong winds and blowing snow.

Extreme cold warning for Labrador west

Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for Labrador City and Wabush.

It says "A period of very cold wind chills is expected."

Cold wind chill values reaching -45 C are expected to develop overnight tonight and persist into Saturday morning. Conditions will improve as temperatures rise on Saturday morning.

While anyone who isn't dressed warmly is at risk in cold weather conditions, the weather office says 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 and

- 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.

Environment Canada encourages the public to monitor forecasts and report severe weather, by sending an email to or tweet reports to #NLwx.

All weather advisories for the province can be found online at

Emergency plan and kits encouraged during adverse weather forecasts

Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to

Winter storm watches are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

Organizations: Environment Canada, Public Safety Canada

Geographic location: Avalon, Newfoundland, St. John's Bonavista Peninsula Clarenville Terra Nova

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  • Jack
    February 12, 2016 - 07:20

    After viewing the weather forecasts for Western Newfoundland, its shameful that Environment Canada and Palmorex/The Weather Network left out again from major storms as places that need snow, like the Corner Brook and Humber Valley areas, are being left out. Too add insult to injury, because the creator and mother nature have not been answering my prayers for much needed snow, another whammy is being delivered to Western Newfoundlanders as warm weather and rain are expected for this Wednesday. Since Newfoundland and Labrador will be hosting their first ever national level Special Olympics event which happens every four years in just over two weeks, notably the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, and Western Newfoundland being left out of another major snowstorm, my concern is we may not have enough snow in time for this historic event. To ensure we have adequate snowfall and snow pack in time for the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games, I hope that Environment Canada and The Weather Network along with the creator and mother nature will not leave us out the next time winter weather comes to Newfoundland. Furthermore, lets hope we don't get excluded from future cooler temperatures in late February and early March.