Twillingate records highest snowfall accumulation

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According to Environment Canada's manned observation sites, the Twillingate area recorded the highest snowfall, 42 cm, in the winter storm that hit Newfoundland Sunday night.

An Environment Canada satellite image showing Newfoundland where the first major winter snowstorm has changed over to rain and freezing rain. Another system is expected to affect the province Wednesday.

The Marystown area recorded 41 cm as of 7:50 a.m. this morning.

At St. John's International Airport, 15 cm was recorded, but amounts varied throughout the city. In the Cowan Heights area, 21 cm was recorded and in the city's east end, 10 cm as of 8 a.m. this morning.

The snow changed to freezing rain and rain this morning. Environment Canada says higher accumulations may have occurred where temperatures were colder, especially in areas sheltered from the gusty winds.

The highest winds during the storm were in Port aux Basques, with gusts up to 113 km/h. In St. John's, wind gusts of up to 93 km/h were recorded.

Environment Canada says another "messy winter system" is expected to affect Newfoundland on Wednesday and Wednesday night.

A low pressure system is forecast to move off the east coast of the United States late Tuesday and approach Newfoundland Wednesday night, bringing a wintry mix of snow, rain and strong winds across the island. This system has the potential to bring significant snowfall amounts and blowing snow to western and northern Newfoundland on Wednesday and Wednesday night.

For eastern Newfoundland, Environment Canada says the snow is expected to change over to rain and there is the potential for significant rainfall amounts by Thursday morning.

There's still some uncertainty with respect to the intensity and track of this system. The weather office says the public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required.

The latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada can be accessed at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.

 

 

Organizations: Environment Canada, International Airport

Geographic location: St. John's, Newfoundland, Marystown Cowan Heights Port aux Basques United States Northern Newfoundland

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