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Blizzard Warning

Issued at 05:21 Monday 08 February 2016
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Blizzard conditions with poor visibility in snow and blowing snow are expected or occurring. Snow and blowing snow are forecast to develop tonight with strengthening northeasterly winds as a low pressure system tracks towards the island from the south. These conditions will continue into Tuesday as the low approaches the Avalon, but there remains some uncertainty regarding whether the centre of the system will pass over the peninsula or just to the southeast. If the low takes the more westward track, winds would shift to a southerly direction over southern parts of the Avalon, likely causing precipitation to change through freezing rain to rain on Tuesday afternoon. Current indications suggest total snowfall accumulations will range from 20 to 30 cm. This combined with winds gusting as high as 90 km/h will create blizzard conditions with near zero visibility. Conditions are expected to begin to improve late Tuesday as the low moves away. Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility. Blizzard warnings are issued when widespread reduced visibilities of 400 metres or less are expected for at least 4 hours. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to weatherNLWO@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #NLwx.

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Special Weather Statement

Issued at 05:16 Monday 08 February 2016
Summary

As one low pressure system departs from the island Tuesday evening, bringing snow and strong winds to all but northernmost parts of the island, a second low is forecast to quickly follow from the south by early Wednesday. There is considerable uncertainty regarding the track of this second system, but the latest consensus suggests its centre will likely track west of the Avalon Peninsula. Temperatures are expected to climb above zero to the east of its track. Snow in advance of this system will spread northward across Newfoundland after midnight Tuesday night, but will likely change to rain over eastern parts of the island as temperatures rise. The rain or snow will taper off over most areas on Wednesday morning, except on the Northern Peninsula where the snow may persist throughout the day. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to weatherNLWO@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #NLwx.

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