Drivers face dangerous roads as snow blasts Atlantic Canada
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 9:14 AM - A moisture packed system brought upwards of 10 cm of snow to parts of Newfoundland overnight Tuesday, including the city of St. John's where 15 cm was reported before 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Snowfall warnings were lifted Wednesday morning, but some schools in eastern Newfoundland were closed first thing as conditions deteriorated. Several departing flights were also cancelled at St. John's International Airport.
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Police officials warned drivers to slow down with slick driving conditions reported. "Snow means slows," tweeted Newfoundland police.
"Powerful winds with gusts up to 70 km/h could also lead to blowing snow and near zero visibility in some areas through the day on Wednesday," says Weather Network meteorologist Brad Rousseau.
Snow is expected to continue for the Burin Peninsula through Wednesday before tapering off by the evening hours.
"Accumulations from the Burin Peninsula to Bonavista are forecast to be near 15-25cm, near 5-10cm west toward Gander and just to the west of Gander," Rousseau says.
ANOTHER STORM ON ROUTE
A system that's currently impacting much of Ontario will continue to push east into Atlantic Canada on Thursday.
"This will be a primarily rain and wind event for the region, but parts of New Brunswick can expect a quick shot of snow first," says Dr. Doug Gillham, another meteorologist at The Weather Network.
Conditions will remain unsettled across the Maritimes on Friday, becoming quite mild as rain hits the region.
"We will have to closely monitor the track of another system for Sunday, which could bring accumulating snow to New Brunswick as cold air seeps east," Gillham says. "This could potentially mean snow for places like Fredericton."