Large storm continues to bring heavy snow, rain and wind to Newfoundland
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 8:14 AM -
From snowfall to rainfall, winter storm and wind warnings, nasty weather continues to blast Newfoundland.
"A low pressure system near the Avalon Peninsula will deepen as it slowly moves to lie over the southern Grand Banks by this afternoon," says Environment Canada in their statement. "It will then linger just east of the Grand Banks until Saturday when it will start to move northward."
Heavy snow has been falling over western, northern and central Newfoundland with an additional 15-30 cm forecast through Friday.
"In areas of upslope flow, especially inland areas over higher terrain, higher amounts are possible," EC adds.
Meanwhile, parts of the northeast coast can expect an additional 60-80 mm of rain by Friday evening.
Northerly winds gusting over 100 km/h are also forecast on Thursday.
"This sustained period of strong northerly winds will bring elevated water levels and pounding surf to areas between Notre Dame Bay and White Bay until this afternoon. This could result in localized flooding, beach erosion, and damage to coastal infrastructures," EC warns.
"A spiral of misery..."
"I think of a spiral of misery for all of the people who are subject to all of that snow, wind and rain," said the Republic of Doyle's Allan Hawco who visited The Weather Network studios this week.
St. John's is escaping the full force of this system, great news for Hawco who's shooting the last few days of his show's season there.
Being a native Newfoundlander himself however, Hawco says these conditions may spark some tension.
"I bet you all the rest of Newfoundland are mad at the townies, the people who live in St. John's, because they're not going to get hit by the storm."
IMPACTS OF TROPICAL STORM MELISSA
Subtropical Storm Melissa formed in the central Atlantic on Monday morning, strengthening to a tropical storm early Tuesday.
While Melissa is expected to interact with this stationary low over Newfoundland, direct impact from the storm is not likely.
"The circulation of Melissa will continue to move east into the Atlantic, so this system may draw some moisture as they interact," says Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "This low over Newfoundland however, is powerful enough in itself, so I wouldn't say Melissa is to blame for these stormy conditions that we're seeing."
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