2nd winter storm in a week touches down in Newfoundland

Anyone procrastinating on snow clearing may want to break out the shovels, as a mix of more snow, rain and strong wind is making for messy conditions that will continue into Thursday.

Environment Canada has most of Newfoundland under weather warnings, with a winter storm system working its way first through western and central Newfoundland as it moves further east.

Snow began falling on eastern Newfoundland by mid-afternoon on Wednesday.

Western and central Newfoundland will bear the brunt of the system, with snowfalls of 20 to 30 centimetres expected by the time it finishes. 

In the metro St. John's area, the snow will come in instalments, with rain and drizzle in between. About five to 10 centimetres of snow are expected to fall before changing to rain or drizzle Tuesday night, said CBC meteorologist Ashley Brauweiler.

"Roads are deteriorating quickly, so take your time on your drive home," Brauweiler said.

By early Thursday morning, an additional five to 10 centimetres are expected to touch down, she said. 

A number of schools in the west and central regions closed early Wednesday due to the weather, according to the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District.

For western and central parts of Newfoundland, between 20 and 30 centimetres of snow is expected through to Thursday, along with strong wind gusts.

Marine Atlantic cancelled its morning crossings, with a potential weather impact listed for Wednesday night, as well.

The weather system has already moved through Nova Scotia and the Maritimes, with some flights between Deer Lake and Halifax cancelled for Wednesday.

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The precipitation will come with howling winds, as gusts of 80 km/h will persist, and reach as high as 130 km/h in coastal areas, said Mike Vandenberg, a meteorologist with the Gander weather office.

The City of St. John's has cancelled its garbage collection for Thursday due to the forecasted wind gusts, opting to instead double up on collection routes Friday.

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"As the temperatures drop toward the afternoon … it could certainly blow around a bit," Vandenberg told CBC's St. John's Morning Show.

The fluctuating temperatures and change between rain and snow will make for messy conditions, Vandenberg said, even though only two to four millimetres of rain is expected.

"The temperature will fall to around zero by morning and of course it'll continue falling throughout the day, so that rain that does fall on top of the existing snow will certainly form a bit of a crust as it freezes, that's a concern for sure," he said.

"It's not gonna be a significant amount of rain, but it might be enough to compact the snow that's already there, so if people are having trouble blowing the snow over the giant mounds on their front yard, it might tamp that down a little bit."

Vandenberg said there is also the potential of another wintry weather system over the weekend, and while it's too early to confirm amounts, it does look like another "sloppy mix of rain and snow for a good chunk of the island."

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