Heavy snow piles up in central Newfoundland, tricky Thursday travel

Heavy snow piled up across parts of central and northern Newfoundland early Thursday, proving for a trickier day on the roads

Just as the months changed, so did the weather. With the start of November also came some of the first signs of winter across parts of Atlantic Canada.

Nova Scotia was the first to feel the wintry effects as snow fell across the southwest Wednesday morning, building into Halifax and east throughout the day. As of 6 p.m., 6 cm of snow had fallen at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

As the snow eased for southern Nova Scotia Wednesday night, it picked up across parts of Newfoundland, with 10+ cm reported in some areas by early Thursday morning.

Drivers are being urged to plan ahead, especially with this likely being the first dose of winter travel for many motorists.

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Snow and blowing snow conditions will be a bit more intense in west and central Newfoundland than it was for the first season snow that fell across southern Nova Scotia.

Enough cold air, and the later timing of the system may lead to 10-20 cm accumulating by Thursday afternoon.

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Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate with the accumulating snow and winds, and drivers are being urged to plan ahead.

St. John's will be spared by the snow as rainfall blankets the Avalon, with 20-30 mm forecast during the event.

No major systems are expected Friday through Monday, with just a round of showers and windy conditions ahead of a cold front Friday night and into Saturday, especially for Newfoundland.

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Near seasonal conditions are expected for early next week, then rather chilly by the mid and late week mark and into next weekend, as well.

A couple systems are expected to track across or just south of the region next week. It is too early to have confidence in the storm track and impacts, but rain is likely near and south of the storm track and we will be watching the potential for significant snow totals to the north of the storm track.

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