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Another round of winter for Newfoundland

Snow piles up in Victoria, Newfoundland on Friday
Snow piles up in Victoria, Newfoundland on Friday

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

March 25, 2011 — Spring may have arrived days ago, but it's looking and feeling a lot more like winter in Newfoundland as we head in to the weekend.

Expected snowfall accumulations
Expected snowfall accumulations

People in Newfoundland are enduring another blast of winter, thanks to the same storm system that brought heavy snow to southern Ontario earlier this week.

“[The low] is giving some communities a good helping of snow,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “The storm kicked up late Thursday, and the active weather will continue through Friday and into Saturday morning.”

The heaviest amounts of snow look to fall around St. John's and the Bay of Exploits, with up to 30 cm possible by the time all is said and done. Communities like Springdale and Marystown could get 10 - 15 cm of snow.

By the evening hours on Friday, St. John's had already recorded 12 cm of snow while Gander saw closer to 15 cm. The Maritimes could also get skirted by this system, but less than 5 cm is expected for most cities.

On Friday morning, dozens of schools were closed for the day, including those in St. John's. Government offices and some businesses were closed, as well. Some flights were cancelled or delayed throughout the morning, and police were warning drivers to avoid the stretch of the Trans-Canada between Whitbourne and St. John's.

Gusty winds are forecast today
Gusty winds are forecast today

In addition to snow, powerful winds are forecast as well. Gusts of up to 90 km/h are possible on the Avalon Peninsula. Some small communities have already seen gusts over 100 km/h.

It's been a rough winter for people living in Atlantic Canada. In February, Moncton New Brunswick broke a record for snow on the ground. Now, the province's maple syrup industry is taking a hit from the weather.

For more details on this upcoming storm system, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, or sign up to receive watches and warnings sent to your cell phone.

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