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Record rainfall hits Newfoundland

Record rainfall for February
Record rainfall for February

Staff writers

February 17, 2012 — Newfoundland is getting hit with a combination of rain, snow and freezing rain. The active weather will continue into Saturday.

Snowfall forecast
Snowfall forecast

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement on Thursday, warning of significant rainfall throughout the Avalon Peninsula and its surrounding areas.

"St. John's saw close to 54 mm of rain on Thursday. A record amount for that day," says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "In fact, the city has already more than doubled its monthly average rainfall amount of 60.5 mm."

Freezing rain warnings were also issued throughout the day on Thursday.

"We saw freezing rain in and around Gander, mixed with ice pellets and fog as well," says Brian Dillon, another meteorologist at The Weather Network. "St. John's faced 12 hours of light freezing rain as well."

The rain and freezing rain is expected to taper on Friday, but snow is forecast for western Newfoundland and the northern Peninsula. Up to 15 cm is possible through Saturday.

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