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'Sheila's Brush' sweeps across Newfoundland

A spring snowstorm in Newfoundland
A spring snowstorm in Newfoundland

Staff writers

March 31, 2012 — A storm that pushed into eastern Newfoundland Friday night, will continue through Saturday.

Snowfall amounts expected
Snowfall amounts expected

The calendar may say spring, but that doesn't mean the wintery weather is finished in parts of Canada.
A low pressure system southeast of the Avalon Peninsula will move very slowly northeastward Saturday night, into Sunday.

Across the Avalon and Bonavista area, Environment Canada says that snow will be heavy at times throughout the day. A winter storm warning is in effect for several parts of the Newfoundland - mainly in the Avalon Peninsula.

Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network's says that an additional 5-15 centimetres could accumulate by Saturday night.
"The bigger concern is the strong winds in addition to the falling snow," adds Vettese. "White-out conditions are possible, so drivers are advised to drive with extra caution."

Still, many are referring to this system as 'Sheila's Brush,' a winter storm that typically falls on or after St. Patrick's Day. It is often the last major winter storm of the season. Legend has it that Sheila is "brushing" away what is left of winter. 

For updates on weather watches and warnings as the storm is happening, be sure the check the Alerts section of our website. 

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