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Western N.L., southern Labrador brace for storm


A storm is brewing for western Newfoundland and southern Labrador, with Environment Canada predicting up to 25 cm of snow for some regions.

Environment Canada has issued weather warnings for the areas in red.

Environment Canada says the snow will develop Tuesday afternoon and end Wednesday morning, with northerly winds causing blowing snow. Areas from the Corner Brook and Deer Lake areas to the tip of the Northern Peninsula are expecting up to 20 cm. In Labrador, Red Bay to L’Anse-au-Clair and Norman Bay to Lodge Bay are expecting 15-25 cm.

Elsewhere, freezing rain, snowfall and rainfall warnings are in effect for all of southern, eastern and central Newfoundland, with the exception of St. John’s and vicinity. Snowfall in Connaigre, Clarenville, the Bonavista Peninsula and Terra Nova are expected to reach as high as 25 cm by Monday evening.

Central Newfoundland will get freezing drizzle tonight, freezing rain Tuesday morning and rain Tuesday afternoon. Rain will turn back into freezing rain Tuesday and then snow Tuesday night.

Following Monday’s heavy snowfall in southern and eastern Newfoundland, significant rainfall is expected through Tuesday evening. Snow will first change to freezing rain or ice pellets, then change to rain Tuesday morning.

Further south, from Burgeo-Ramea to southwestern Avalon, up to 25 mm of rain is expected tonight after snow turns into freezing rain, then rain. Combined with snow melt, that could lead to significant runoff and even minor flooding in some low-lying areas.

No alerts are in effect for St. John’s and vicinity as of 4 p.m., but snow, ice pellets, freezing rain, rain and fog (in that order) are all expected through Tuesday night. Environment Canada predicts 5 cm of snow and ice pellets and 5 mm of rainfall there.

For up-to-date weather information, visit weather.gc.ca.

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