Moseying storm buffets Newfoundland with heavy snow, high winds
Travel is not advised in Newfoundland through the overnight hours as the island finds itself in the throes of a feisty snowstorm that could bring blizzard conditions to some areas.
Snowfall warnings span much of the Trans-Canada Highway between Terra Nova National Park and Sheppardville, including Gander, while folks on the northern Avalon Peninsula are under a special weather statement amid the snowfall.
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A large low-pressure system moseying off the northeastern tip of the island is responsible for this disruptive snow and wind event.
Waves of heavy snow will crash ashore overnight Friday into Saturday morning, with heavy snowfall rates and gusty winds severely limiting visibility at times.
As much as 30 cm of snow is possible along and north of the Trans-Canada Highway -- from Clarenville to Badger. Between 15-20 cm is possible for St. John's and the northern Avalon. The snow may eventually mix with rain or drizzle over some coastal areas before ending later Saturday.
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Northerly wind gusts between 60 to 80 km/h are also expected, with the strongest gusts whipping in along the coast.
"A prolonged period of dense, wet snow is expected," Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) said in its snowfall warning for Gander. "Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations."
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Meanwhile, fair weather is expected across the Maritimes through the beginning of next week.
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Forecasters are keep a close eye on a brewing system for next week.
The storm will track up the U.S. East Coast early next week and is currently expected to track near southern Nova Scotia with widespread windy conditions and heavy snow. The snow however, could change to rain across Nova Scotia, depending on the ultimate storm track. This will be a multi-day event as the forward progress will slow as the system approaches the region.
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Be sure to check back for the latest updates across Atlantic Canada.