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St. John's and vicinity

Alerts in Effect

Winter Storm Watch

Issued at 10:52 Friday 12 February 2016

Current guidance indicates that snow, heavy at times, will begin over the Burin and southern Avalon Peninsulas near noon on Saturday and spread northward. Total snowfall amounts could reach 15 to 20 cm before snow tapers off on Saturday evening. There is still some uncertainty in the amount and location of the highest snowfall, and parts of the southern Avalon Peninsula may see rain mixing in with the snow in the evening. Strong northeasterly winds will develop on Saturday evening and, combined with the freshly fallen snow, are likely to give poor visibilities in blowing snow. The public is advised to monitor future forecasts as warnings are likely to be issued closer to the event. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to Winter storm watches are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports to #NLwx.


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