Significant ice build up expected as freezing rain continues
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 9:51 PM - Less than a week after St. John's shivered under 60 continuous hours of freezing rain, another storm continues to bring even more ice accumulation to Newfoundland.
A system that moved into the region Wednesday night first brought rain across most of the island, before cold air dipped south and brought a changeover to freezing rain and ice pellets for much of the province.
Environment Canada has issued widespread freezing rain warnings, stretching from Corner Brook east to the Bonavista Peninsula and north.
- Freezing rain warnings continue for central and northern Newfoundland
- Freezing rain to push out Friday afternoon, with light rain or freezing drizzle for much of the island, with exception of the Northern Peninsula
- Widespread fog likely for the Maritimes Friday morning. Cold front brings evening showers
"A very long duration and intense period of freezing rain has begun or will begin later tonight and will then persist into Friday morning before temperatures rise above freezing and precipitation tapers to periods of rain or drizzle," says Environment Canada. "Parts of the northeast coast may be slow to warm and freezing drizzle may persist through most of the day on Friday."
High temperatures this April have been running roughly 3 degrees below across much of Newfoundland, and chilly conditions have been exacerbated by the presence of sea ice, which has been unusually persistent along the coast.
The north Atlantic is on its way to a record year for number of icebergs floating southward through the region, with hundreds of the icy visitors currently reported in the coastal waters off Newfoundland.
With files from Daksha Rangan and Leeanna McLean.