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UPDATE: Christmas Eve winter storm hammering eastern and central Newfoundland

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

The Christmas Eve winter storm that started on the province's west coast late last night has made its way across the island and is presently blanketing the Northeast Avalon region with a healthy layer of snow.

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for most of eastern and northeastern Newfoundland. The weather office says the northern parts of the Avalon — including the metro region — as well as the Bonavista peninsula, Clarenville and vicinity, and Green Bay-White Bay areas will get 20 to 30 centimetres by the morning of Christmas Day.

Meanwhile, residents in Terra Nova, Bonavista North, Bay of Exploits and the Gander area can expect 30 to 40 cm by tomorrow morning. 

Easterly winds gusting to 60 km/h are expected to develop today before shifting to the northwest and picking up strength later in the day.  

The weather office says while the snow will ease overnight tonight, strong northwesterly winds will persist through Wednesday and Boxing Day on Thursday, causing blowing snow at times.

What's more, a second round of steadier snow, possibly heavy, is expected to develop by afternoon on Boxing Day. 

As for the southeastern portions of the island, the system will bring 15 to 25 cm of snow — with some rain mixing possible — before tapering off overnight. The west will see flurries ending later today.  

More to come.

For residents of St. John's, the storm means the city's winter parking ban for areas outside the downtown comes into effect at 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 25. The Business District winter parking restriction — which applies to sections of Water Street (Waldegrave Street to Prescott Street) and Duckworth Street (New Gower Street to Cochrane Street) is daily, regardless of conditions, from 4 to 6 a.m.


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Road travel

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Provincial Live Plow Tracker

Marine travel

Intra-provincial Ferries

Marine Atlantic Travel Advisory

Marine Atlantic advises customers that due to impending weather conditions the following changes have been made to their schedule:

  • North Sydney to Port aux Basques, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019 at 11:45 p.m. is now scheduled to depart at 10 p.m.
  • Port aux Basques to North Sydney, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019 at 11:45 p.m. is now scheduled to depart at 10 p.m.

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Air travel

St. John's International Airport

Gander International Airport

Deer Lake Regional Airport 

Goose Bay Airport

Power outages

Newfoundland Power Outage Centre

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Newfoundland and Labrador English School District status report

Memorial University

  • Memorial's St. John's, Marine Institute and Signal Hill campuses closed on Dec. 24.
  • The Marine Institute Christmas Eve employee breakfast will be postponed until Mon., Jan 6, 11-1 pm. 

College of the North Atlantic

  • All locations will be closed on Dec. 24. 

Closures, cancellations, delayed openings

  • All provincial Arts & Culture Centre box offices will be closed Dec 24. 
  • The Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador will be closed Dec. 24, 2019. All in-custody matters scheduled for that day will be called on Dec. 25, 2019. All other matters will be called on Dec. 27, 2019.
  • The Brigus Cupids Georgetown United Church is canceling its 3 p.m. Christmas Eve service.
  • St. Mark's Anglican Church 7:30 p.m. Eucharist will go ahead. Our 10 p.m. service and 10:30 a.m. Christmas morning service are cancelled.

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