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A Spring Snowstorm in Newfoundland

April 16, 2010 — Car accidents, flight delays and school closures. A small snowstorm certainly packed a punch in Newfoundland.

A cool, spring weekend.

That's what residents in Atlantic Canada can expect over the next couple of days. But if you ask people in Newfoundland, they'll say it's been feeling even more like winter lately.

A low pressure system whipped across the province last night. It was a small storm, but it had a big impact --epecially in St. John's. 5cm of snow has been recorded in the city, which was enough to cancel flights and contribute to several vehicle accidents. Some schools in the eastern part of the province were even closed today.

Brian Dillon is a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. He says this was a small blast of winter some residents may not have been expecting.

“The low started to retrograde Thursday night into Friday morning, bringing St. John's a helping of snow, followed by a messy mix of snow and rain,” he says.

In addition to falling snow and rain, there were also gusty winds. They were clocking in close to 100km/h in some places, and that made for poor visibility on roadways. Roads were also slick, especially considering many motorists had already taken off their snow tires.

Several accidents were reported, including one where a truck smashed into a home. Flights at St.John's International airport were cancelled last night and this morning.

For anyone living in St. John's, the worst of this storm appears to be over.

A mix of wet flurries and showers are expected overnight and into Saturday afternoon, but not much of it will stick to the ground. Temperatures will also be hovering around the low single digits, so it's a good idea to keep a heavy jacket handy.

By Sunday, the same system that has been affecting Ontario over the past couple of days, will move into the Maritimes bringing showers and cooler temperatures.

For more on this storm and what you can expect over the weekend, make sure you tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

And if this unsettled weather is affecting you, we'd love to see how! Upload your pictures and videos to our Your Weather Gallery. You can find it under the Related Links section at the top of this page.

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