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Blizzard-like weather for Newfoundland and Labrador


Snowfall forecast for Monday.
Snowfall forecast for Monday.

Jill Colton, staff writer

January 23, 2011 — Another winter storm is bringing up to 30 cm of snow to parts of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Snow and strong winds are on the way.
Snow and strong winds are on the way.

A low pressure system that formed over Cape Cod is bringing snow and strong winds to Newfoundland and Labrador starting Sunday. Environment Canada has issued several blizzard and winter storm warnings.

The storm system is rapidly intensifying as it tracks northeastward towards Newfoundland. By the time the storm moves through, up to 30 cm of snow will have hammered some areas.

“The low will essentially skim by Nova Scotia, with Cape Breton seeing a bit of snow,” explains Dayna Vettese a meteorologist with The Weather Network. This comes as good news for Maritimes residents. The region was recently battered by snow. This resulted in treacherous road conditions and fatal accidents.

Snow ahead of the system will fall across the Avalon first, and spread northwest across the rest of the island. “Blowing snow could compromise driving visibility to near zero, so monitor highway conditions before you travel.”

The snow will eventually turn into mixing conditions which could include ice pellets and freezing rain as the warm front approaches.

“During the overnight hours, with the warm up, we're looking at rain for parts of the province,” says Vettese. However central portions of the island cold see significant snowfall accumulations of up to 30 cm.

According to Environment Canada, in addition to the snow, strong southerly winds could create waves and pounding surf. This may cause higher than normal water levels along parts of the southern Avalon.

“On Monday, we're looking at decent winds behind the system across Newfoundland and throughout the Maritimes,” explains Vettese.

Frozen ice on a window.
Frozen ice on a window.

This is just another storm to pound the island over the past week. Recently, a messy system tracked into the province bringing substantial snowfall totals to higher elevated areas.

For the latest details on what you can expect for the rest of the week, be sure to tune in to The Weather Network on TV.The National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour. Your local forecast details can be found with the Canadian cities index. For the latest storm details, you can sign up to receive weather updates and alerts to your cell phone.

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