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Dangerous travel conditions with heavy, blowing snow in Newfoundland

Wednesday, November 4th 2020, 5:45 am - Several schools have closed their doors due to the poor winter driving conditions across parts of Newfoundland early Wednesday.

Significant snow that fell through the overnight hours on Tuesday is making for a dangerous Wednesday morning commute across parts of eastern and northeastern Newfoundland. The heavy snow coupled with strong northwesterly winds has prompted some schools in the area to close for at least the morning time, with drivers urged to avoid any morning travel if possible. More on the timing and impact, below.


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Heavier snow falls over central Newfoundland through Wednesday morning, mostly rain for the Avalon
  • Widespread arctic air covers Atlantic Canada Wednesday, ahead of a late-week warming trend for the Maritimes

WEDNESDAY MORNING: HEAVY SNOW CONTINUES BEFORE GRADUALLY TAPERING MID-MORNING

After the trough scraped the southern Maritimes during the day Tuesday with 7-10+ cm on snow reported in Nova Scotia, the wintry weather moved into Newfoundland with a hefty dose of snow making for some treacherous morning travel conditions.

Heavier snowfall amounts are expected across parts of central Newfoundland, with some areas, including Gander, already reporting over 20 cm of snow. The snow will continue to be heavy at times through the morning before tapering off to flurries by mid-morning.

As well, strong northwesterly winds is also causing blowing snow over exposed areas.

"Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow," warns Environment Canada in a snowfall warning still in place for the region.

The cold, arctic air will cover much of Atlantic Canada on Wednesday, but a warming trend is expected later in the week.

LOOK AHEAD: LATE-WEEK WARMUP, WITH TEMPERATURE SWING INTO NEXT WEEK

Temperatures will turn much warmer across the Maritimes for Thursday and Friday and continuing through Saturday across the Maritimes. Newfoundland will warm up Friday and Saturday.

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However, cooler air will filter back in Sunday for much of the Atlantic region, except southern Nova Scotia. Warm weather will then surge back in early next week, and it’s possible that a few places in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia will approach 20°C by the middle of next week. A cold front will approach the region late-week.

Be sure to check back for the latest updates on the weather in your area

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