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Snow piles up across Newfoundland


White wonderland in Gander, NL. Click on the photo for more snowy and rainy images and videos.
White wonderland in Gander, NL. Click on the photo for more snowy and rainy images and videos.

Jill Colton, staff writer

February 28, 2011 — Another blast of winter tore through Newfoundland and Labrador over the weekend.

One great thing about the snow is building forts.
One great thing about the snow is building forts.

It was another winter wallop for Newfoundland and Labrador over the weekend.

After a fierce low blew through the Maritimes, leaving places like Gagetown stomping through 49 cm of snow, it tore into Newfoundland bringing massive amounts of snow and rain.

46 cm of snow piled up in the community of Stephenville, on the west coast of Newfoundland. 34.2 cm of which fell on Saturday alone. This was a record-breaking amount for February 26. The previous record was 29.84 cm in 2005. Areas in Labrador also recorded substantial snowfall totals.

The storm also brought its fair share of rain to the province.

“The warm front within the system helped to inundate the region with rain as opposed to snow,” explains one of The Weather Network's meteorologist's Rob Davis. 33 mm drenched the ground in St. John's west.

Along with the snow and rain, strong southerly wind gusts also accompanied the low. Davis said that the storm contained intense gusts ahead and behind the low, helping to keep conditions cold.

The following are unofficial peak wind gusts observed at selected sites. Sagona Island (142 km/h), Wreckhouse (117 km/h), St. John's Airport (104 km/h) and Burgeo (96 km/h).

Making the most of the piles of snow
Making the most of the piles of snow

According to Environment Canada, the low continues to skirt away from Newfoundland, but in its wake, snow squalls will persist.

And another system moving in could bring between 15 and 25 cm to some places including Cornerbrook.

Bitterly cold wind chills have also helped to create blowing snow, leading to reduced visibilities throughout the region. It's recommended you check highway conditions before venturing outdoors.

To stay up-to-date on the weather in your area, head to our Canadian Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV where the local forecast comes up every 10 minutes on the 10's.

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