Damaging winds, freezing rain push into Newfoundland, residents fear more power outages
Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 9:04 AM -
The same system that brought bitter cold temperatures and travel chaos to parts of Ontario and Quebec, continued to push into Atlantic Canada on Monday.
A warm front crossed the region on Monday morning giving a period of freezing rain for much of New Brunswick.
As temperatures continued to warm up through the day, the freezing rain turned to rain with significant amounts reported in some places.
Now, as the system continues to push east, Newfoundland is dealing with powerful winds and freezing rain.
A freezing rain warning was issued early Tuesday and an extended period of freezing rain is expected to continue over parts of the Northern Peninsula, says Environment Canada in the weather warning.
Rainfall warnings were also issued for some places with up to 55 mm expected by Tuesday afternoon.
"Heavy rain, strong southerly winds and snow melt will combine to give localized flooding," warns EC.
Winds gusting between 100-140 km/h are expected.
This recent blast of severe weather comes after close to 200,000 customers lost power in Newfoundland over the weekend.
Residents faced school closures, travel delays and four days of rolling blackouts due to a transformer fire and a power plant malfunction.
After making significant progress on Monday, officials are warning that conservation is still incredibly important, especially with the arrival of another storm system.
Conservation remains very important!Customers should be prepared for potential outages as temps drop & during peak usage times.— Newfoundland Power (@NFPower) January 7, 2014