Winter storm warnings for Avalon, Burin Peninsulas
15 to 25 cm of snow expected tonight into Friday morning
Published on March 17, 2016
An Environment Canada map of Newfoundland shows where winter storm warnings have been issued (red) and winter storm watches (yellow).
Environment Canada has issued winter storm warnings for St. John’s-metro and the Avalon Peninsula and the Burin Peninsula.
Winter storm watches are in effect for the Bonavista Peninsula and Clarenville area.
The weather office says hazardous winter conditions are expected as a low-pressure system tracks southeast of the Avalon Peninsula tonight spreading heavy snow across the Avalon and Burin Peninsulas this evening.
Environment Canada says snowfall accumulations of 15 to 25 cm can be expected before the snow tapers off Friday morning. Strong northeasterly winds will develop overnight tonight then shift to strong northwesterlies Friday morning, resulting in poor visibility in blowing snow.
Southern sections of the Avalon Peninsula could see the snow mix with freezing rain at times tonight. The weather office cautions that surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.
“Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.
The public is advised to continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, you can send an email to weatherNLWO@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #NLwx.
Periods of snow or rain are in the forecast for the St. John's-metro area for Saturday, but Environment Canada has not estimated any amounts yet.
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