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Strong winds, pounding surf, snow hit Newfoundland

Staff writers

March 29, 2013 — Large waves, pounding surf and high water levels are expected to continue all weekend across parts of Newfoundland. Some places could also see between 10-25 cm of snow.

Additional snowfall forecast
Additional snowfall forecast

A powerful low pressure system over the North Atlantic will remain stationary for the next few days, bringing strong winds and powerful surf to parts of Newfoundland. 

According to Environment Canada, northwesterly winds gusting to 100 km/h are expected over exposed regions of the northeast and east coasts on Friday.

Large waves and elevated water levels are expected from St. John's to the northern peninsula.  

"And in addition to the intense winds, fresh snowfall in some places will create blowing snow and reduced visibility through Friday," says Monica Vaswani, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Up to 25 cm of snow is possible in the hardest hit areas by Friday night. 

Peak winds on Friday
Peak winds on Friday

Drivers are urged to travel with caution, check the Current Highway Conditions for road details. 

"Storm surge warnings are also in place with higher than normal water levels likely as the storm approaches," adds Vaswani. 

That could result in coastal flooding and infrastructure damage for exposed areas.

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