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Snow piles up across Newfoundland


Jill Colton, staff writer

January 29, 2011 — A low pressure system in the Atlantic is hammering Newfoundland with a heavy bout of snow.

Clearing the snow in Gander
Clearing the snow in Gander

Snow has been relentless across Newfoundland this winter and the trend keeps going this weekend.

After getting hit with a fierce Nor'Easter on Thursday, the province is taking another hit as a strong low is pounding the island with snow.

“Upwards of 20 cm is expected to fall Saturday into early in the evening for much of the Burin Peninsula and southern Avalon, with lesser amounts for other areas,” explains Michelle Cassar, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. Snowfall warnings were issued for several communities, including Terra Nova, Gander and the Burin Peninsula.

Environment Canada warns that the snow may change over to ice pellets or freezing rain for the southern Avalon.

“The good news is that it's a fast-moving system so by the early overnight hours it should start to taper off.” However, the heavy snow is likely to make road conditions hazardous. Police are advising people to change travel plans or avoid driving altogether.

This will be the fifth storm in only 11 days to hammer the province.

The last Nor'Easter blasted through the island on Thursday, inundating areas with snow and powerful winds. More than 14 cm of snow was recorded in Deer Lake and upwards of 10 cm fell across Stephenville. Wreckhouse was lashed with peak gusts of 146 km/h. The blowing snow made driving conditions treacherous throughout much of the region.

Just over a week ago, residents were digging themselves out of major snow when between 25 to 50 cm were recorded. The blizzard-like conditions forced schools to close their doors on the Burin Peninsula.

For more details on what you can expect with this system, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

For the latest info, you can sign up to receive weather updates and alerts to your cell phone.

With files from Andrea Stockton.

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