Thursday, January 21st 2021, 9:00 pm - Very heavy snowfall and strong winds shut down much of Newfoundland's Avalon peninsula Thursday, with effects lingering into Friday morning.
In its biggest brush with heavy snow since last year's crippling blizzard, Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula will be waking up to 30-40 cm of snow Friday morning, after a night of 2-3 cm hourly snowfall rates at the peak, along with powerful winds making travel almost impossible. Blowing snow conditions will linger for part of the morning, though likely to improve as the day wears on. For a look at what's left, see below.
- Snow tapers off into Friday morning, up to 40 cm totals expected for parts of the Avalon
- Winds down from their peak Friday morning, but still strong enough to keep blowing snow conditions around
- Conditions to improve in Newfoundland through the morning, but more periods of snow expected on the weekend for northern, eastern areas
INTO FRIDAY: PLOWS PULLED FROM AVALON HIGHWAYS AS STORM RAGES
This system packed a real punch as it ramped up in Newfoundland Thursday, prompting many schools on the Avalon Peninsula to close several hours early ahead of its arrival, with a decision about opening the next morning expected in the early-morning hours Friday.
By Thursday afternoon and early evening, the storm was definitely living up to its potential – snowfall rates of 2-3 cm per hour were reported in St. John's, and though the storm's peak will have passed by Friday morning, people across the Avalon, and much of eastern Newfoundland, will have to dig out of some 40 cm by then.
Aside from the snow, another impact from this storm that will be lingering are strong winds – strong enough Thursday evening to force the authorities to pull plows from many Avalon highways "due to whiteout conditions and for the safety of plow operators."
Though, once again, they will be down from their peak Friday morning, they will still be stiff, and with the fresh-fallen snow, blowing snow and blizzard-like conditions will be something people in the region will have to contend with for part of the morning.
WEEKEND: WATCHING ANOTHER SYSTEM TRACK BACK INTO NORTHERN NEWFOUNDLAND
Snow will continue near the north coast on Friday, with additional periods of snow expected through the weekend as a strong blocking pattern over the North Atlantic causes the storm to track back into northern Newfoundland from the east and then into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
This will also bring some snow to parts of the Maritimes near the Gulf of St. Lawrence Saturday night and through Sunday.
Temperatures will be seasonably cold this weekend, but rather mild for a few days during the middle of next week before cooling off again later next week.
Be sure to check back as we continue to monitor the active storm set-up across Atlantic Canada.