Newfoundland is just about the only place guaranteed to wake up to significant snow Christmas morning, thanks to an intense storm that lashed the province Tuesday, with effects lasting into Boxing Day for some. What to expect, below.
- System gradually tapers early Wednesday, some effects last to Boxing Day
- Strong winds peak Christmas morning as the low lingers off the coast and continues to bring sea-effect snow
- Cape Breton, PEI and northern Nova Scotia will see sea-effect snow Christmas Eve
- Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area
WEDNESDAY: STRONG WINDS WHIP THROUGH CHRISTMAS DAY
Christmas Eve was marked by heavy snow for many Newfoundlanders, though it should be tapering off slowly by the time Christmas Day dawns, leaving behind a general 10-15 cm, with 20-30 cm for the Avalon and as much as 30-40 cm for parts of northeastern Newfoundland.
In addition to the snow, powerful winds are expected to remain gusty for much of Christmas Day.
"The fresh snowfall and strong winds could combine to cause reduced visibilities in blowing snow especially over exposed areas," warns Environment Canada. "Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing conditions."
BELOW: TIMING THE WINDS
THURSDAY -- WINDS REMAIN GUSTY, SEA-EFFECT SNOW CONTINUES
Peak gusts between 80-90 km/h are expected through Christmas morning, but will continue to gust to 60 km/h for Boxing Day on Thursday as the low lingers off the coast.
These winds will help to generate sea-effect and wrap around snow across the Avalon. Some sea-effect snow will also solidify a white Christmas for Cape Breton, PEI and northern Nova Scotia.