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Special weather statement issued for Newfoundland Monday and Tuesday

Environment Canada has issued a number of special weather statements for the island part of the province. Image courtesy of weather.gc.ca
Environment Canada has issued a number of special weather statements for the island part of the province. Image courtesy of weather.gc.ca

Bet you're hoping this is an April Fool's joke — it's not.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement early this morning for the entire island, forecasting significant snowfall, blowing snow and heavy winds Monday and Tuesday.

Snow is expected to begin over southeastern Newfoundland Sunday night and spread across the island Monday. Strong northerly winds with gusts up to 100 kilometres an hour will combine with the snow to cause near zero visibilities.

"For the Burin, Bonavista, and Avalon peninsulas, snow is expected to transition through ice pellets and freezing rain to rain on Monday, before changing back to snow Monday night. Precipitation is expected to remain as snow for the rest of the Island," Environment Canada says.

The weather system is expected to move offshore Tuesday night.

In the meantime, the weather authority also issued a wind warning for the northern Avalon Peninsula this morning. Winds are expected to diminish around noon.

The Telegram will continue to provide updates on the weather as they become available.

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