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Digging out in Newfoundland

Digging out in Newfoundland
Digging out in Newfoundland

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

January 25, 2011 — Heavy snow has eased across Newfoundland and now the province is bracing for the next major storm.

Snow totals in Newfoundland
Snow totals in Newfoundland

Heavy snow and strong winds have been affecting Newfoundland for the past few days.

“The intense storm certainly left its mark,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “It moved in on Sunday and left a swath of heavy snow through southern Newfoundland and the eastern shores of Labrador. Between 25 and 50 cm of snow were recorded across the region,” says Dillon.

The harsh conditions led to school closures on the west coast of the island Monday and in several communities on the coast of Labrador. Schools shut their doors on the Burin Peninsula because of slippery roads.

“With this heavy snowfall, blizzard like conditions persisted until Tuesday, with winds gusting over 100 km/h,” notes Dillon. The wintery conditions began to taper by Tuesday afternoon, with only scattered flurries expected over the next couple of days.

Thick snow falls over Gander
Thick snow falls over Gander

“But this break will be brief,” says Dillon. “As the low moves off shore Tuesday night the area will see some relief, however on Thursday, the next Nor'Easter will begin to move up the coast bringing more heavy snow and strong winds.”

Between 10 and 20 cm of snow is expected across the Atlantic provinces.

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 also 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.

With files from Jill Colton

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