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Snow squalls batter Newfoundland

Rolling squalls will leave more snow.
Rolling squalls will leave more snow.

Jill Colton, staff writer

January 24, 2011 — Snow squalls and damaging winds in Newfoundland are posing risks for drivers on the roads.

Thick snow falls over Gander.
Thick snow falls over Gander.

Intense snow squalls are clobbering Newfoundland. “The low that tracked through the province on Sunday is sweeping north to Labrador and behind the system we're left with strong squalls,” explains Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist with The Weather Network.

Warnings are in place for several communities. The squalls have the potential to generate local snowfall accumulations of more than 15 cm and can significantly reduce driving visibility. Make sure to check the highway conditions before you travel and it's recommended that you pack a winter survival kit just in case.

Westerly winds gusting up to 100 km/h are also possible through Tuesday.

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.

Snow totals in Newfoundland
Snow totals in Newfoundland

As the low tracks northward, Labrador residents should brace themselves for serious snowfall. 20 to 40 cm can be expected along the coast. Environment Canada says higher than normal water levels may occur along the Labrador coast with the pounding storm surge as well.

Over the weekend, a low pressure system formed over Cape Cod. It brought a mess of conditions to Newfoundland including heavy snow and strong winds.

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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