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Storm blasts Newfoundland


Lots of snow in Port Aux Basques
Lots of snow in Port Aux Basques

Matt Casey, staff writer

March 2, 2011 — Strong winds and blowing snow are giving drivers a lot to contend with in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Snow has been piling up across the region through Monday night
Snow has been piling up across the region through Monday night

March came in like a lion for people living in Newfoundland and Labrador.

After bringing a wintery mix to parts of southern Ontario and Quebec and heavy snow to the Maritimes on Monday, a Colorado low continued to wreak havoc in Newfoundland on Tuesday.

Many students had the day off on Tuesday after several schools shut their doors ahead of the wintery weather.

The city of St. John's had already recorded 10 cm of snow by the afternoon hours. The heavy snow combined with powerful wind gusts of up to 100 km/h, lead to reduced visibility for drivers on many roadways.

“This system had a really good moisture feed off of the Atlantic ocean so it was a very intense low,” explains Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Over the Avalon Peninsula, temperatures warmed up past the freezing mark on Tuesday, turning the precipitation into rain.

Stormy in Clarenville early Tuesday morning
Stormy in Clarenville early Tuesday morning

This latest blast of winter comes just days after a storm buried many communities under heavy snow. The community of Stephenville was blanketed under a whopping 49 cm of snow.

This storm is part of the same system that brought tornados to parts of the United States.

To keep up to date on the weather in your area tune into The Weather Network on TV. You can also check our Newfoundland and Labrador cities index.

With files from Andrea Stockton and Lyndsay Morrison

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