Blowing snow, howling winds create hazardous travel in Newfoundland

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Blowing snow, howling winds create hazardous travel in Newfoundland
Blowing snow, howling winds create hazardous travel in Newfoundland

It's been a stormy few days in Atlantic Canada with nearly two back-to-back potent spring storms bringing a swath of heavy snow, rain, ice pellets, and powerful wind gusts. This has led to difficult travel. The most recent one left an impactful mark on the region Monday, with damaging winds felt particularly in Newfoundland. The intense wind gusts and snow will linger into Tuesday, but will be far less potent than on Monday. As the system departs, just some sea-effect snow will continue into Tuesday afternoon for parts of the island. Beyond, Newfoundland and the Maritimes catch a breather mid-week before the next storm rolls in. More on the timing and impact, below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Conditions improve in Newfoundland Tuesday, but sea-effect snow, strong winds linger

  • Brief break from stormy weather mid-week, but another potent system expected for Thursday

TUESDAY: CONDITIONS IMPROVE AS STORM SUBSIDES

The powerful storm brought heavy snow, frozen precipitation and damaging winds across Newfoundland Monday, leading to reports of parts of roofs being whisked away from homes.

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It also caused numerous power outages, school delays and cancellationss, and disrupted travel across the island with Marine Atlantic's ferries shut down Monday.

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Western parts of the island were forecast to see 20-30 cm of snow by the time the system departs.

By Tuesday morning, most of the precipitation will have moved out, but a strong onshore flow for the west coast will bring some sea-effect snow that will linger into the afternoon.

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ATLAM

Coupled with strong winds, there will be blowing snow and reduced visibilities, so motorists can expect difficult travel through the day.

Winds overnight Monday will subside from what they were earlier in the day, but will still be intense with gusts of 70-90 km/h expected for the coastal regions. They will keep diminishing into Tuesday morning, with widespread gusts of 60-70+ km/h.

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ATLGusts2

The sea-effect snow will taper off by Tuesday evening, as the stretch of unsettled weather will take a pause for Wednesday before the next system moves in Thursday.

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LOOK AHEAD: A BRIEF PERIOD OF CALMER WEATHER AHEAD OF NEXT STORM

Beyond, people can finally enjoy a breather, with a period of fair weather mid-week and temperatures trending on the milder side. Mid-teen temperatures are expected for much of the Maritimes, away from cooling influences of the wind off the ocean on Wednesday. Very mild air then spreads into Newfoundland late week.

A strong storm tracking near the U.S. East Coast and into Quebec will bring an extended period of rain and southerly winds to the Maritimes Thursday, slowly spreading east into the weekend.

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ATLTempFriday

"Rain totals of 25-50 mm are likely but 50-75+ mm is possible for the eastern Maritimes. Heavy snow and ice are likely for much of Labrador with 15-30+ cm," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

A strong blocking pattern over the North Atlantic will prevent the low from tracking east into the region, but the band of rain will slowly spread east and then eventually dissipate over the eastern Maritimes and western Newfoundland, Gillham adds.

Meanwhile, an additional low could develop over the Atlantic and track northwest back into the region, and keep a threat for unsettled weather for the eastern Maritimes and into Newfoundland on the weekend and into early next week.

Check back as we continue to monitor the Atlantic Canada forecast.

Thumbnail image courtesy: Barry Wakely, taken in Paradise, N.L.