Atlantic: Heavy snow threat shifts to Newfoundland

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Atlantic: Heavy snow threat shifts to Newfoundland

The powerful winter storm that triggered numerous closures and power outages across the Maritimes is ramping up its effects in Newfoundland. Unlike the Maritimes, which saw periods of rain and freezing rain or ice pellets in some areas, this will be an all-snow event for the island, with effects lasting through Friday afternoon for most places, though lasting longest in the north. A closer look at the storm's Friday effects, and beyond, below.

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WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Snow ongoing Friday for Newfoundland, heaviest in the Great Northern Peninsula
  • Winds will have peaked overnight, but will still be strong in the morning, making for blowing snow
  • Forecasters watching another system targetting part of the region late in the weekend
  • Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area

FRIDAY: NEWFOUNDLAND FEELS THE BRUNT

The snow will have begun Thursday night, and will still be in full swing Friday morning, making the drive a difficult one for people across the province.

Unlike Nova Scotia, in Newfoundland this system will be an all-snow event, with moderately heavy amounts across the province, except the Great Northern Peninsula, where as much as 30 cm is possible.

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As for the winds, they'll have peaked overnight, but will still be somewhat stiff in the morning, making for blowing snow for several hours.

In the Maritimes, this same system's strong winds caused numerous power outages, with tens of thousands of people in the dark at the storm's peak, the bulk of them in Nova Scotia.

The wintry mix prompted several school closures across New Brunswick, as well as delayed and cancelled flights and postponed ferry services as well.

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BEYOND: COLDER, WITH EYES ON THE NEXT SYSTEM

Conditions will turn much colder behind the system for the weekend, and eyes are already on the next looming storm that could bring significant snow to eastern Nova Scotia and P.E.I. Saturday night and into Sunday morning.

The snow will also spread across southern and eastern Newfoundland on Sunday, including for the Avalon.

Forecasters are still working out the exact amounts this next storm will produce, so check back for updates as it approaches.

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