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Significant spring snowfall expected in parts of Newfoundland Saturday

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12:33 PM -

Back to reality.

After warm and gusty winds brought above seasonal temperatures to much of Newfoundland Wednesday, forecasters are keeping an eye on a system that could bring significant spring snowfall to the province this weekend.

"High pressure is setting in for the next couple of days, leading to clearing skies with below seasonal temperatures," says Brett Soderholm, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Come Saturday however, it will be a different story.

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"A low pressure system will bring a spring snowfall to most of the island on Saturday," says Environment Canada in a special weather statement early Thursday. "Over southeastern Newfoundland, snow may mix with ice pellets or change to rain Saturday afternoon before changing back to snow Saturday night."

It's still too soon to determine exactly where the highest snowfall accumulations will occur, but current computer models show that between 15 to 30 cm of snow may fall over eastern Newfoundland.

"There's no question that this will be wintry system, how much mixing occurs however, will have an impact on how much snow accumulates," adds Monica Vaswani, another meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Strong northerly winds are also expected over eastern parts of the island Saturday night, which could result in low visibilities in blowing snow.

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