Closures begin as Avalon prepares for oncoming storm

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Storm closures updated as we receive notification.

C.A. Pippy Park Winter Activity Center will be closed Friday, Jan. 3 due to inclement weather. The facility will be open Saturday, Jan. 4, at 10 a.m. for ski and snowshoe rentals depending on weather and trail conditions. For more information please call the Snowline at (709) 737-3651.

City officials in St. John's have announced closures in the face of an impending storm.

A release stated the H.G.R. Mews Community Centre and the Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre would close at 4 p.m. today.

The City expects to reopen these facilities Saturday morning.

Envronment Canada predicted 20 to 30 centimetres of snow today and tonight, with winds gusting to 80 km/h and a low of -14C.

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It’s an extremely cold morning in the province, with a major snowstorm on the way expected to dump up to 35 cm of snow on eastern areas of the province.

The latest from Environment Canada shows a frigid Arctic airmass will remain in place over much of Newfoundland today and tonight.

Very cold temperatures combined with brisk northwesterly winds will result in wind chill values between -35C and -40C this morning.

Wind chill values between -35C and -39C are expected again tonight and early Saturday morning for the Northern Peninsula and Green Bay-White Bay area.

Meanwhile, an intensifying low pressure system south of Nova Scotia will track northeastward today passing southeast of the Avalon Peninsula overnight.

Snow will develop late this morning in the south and then spread northward during the day. The snow will become heavy at times before ending early Saturday morning.

Snowfall amounts will range from 15 centimetres over the Bonavista Peninsula to 20 to 35 over portions of the Burin and Avalon peninsulas.

This snow will combine with strong north to northwest winds gusting to 80 km/h to give near zero visibilities in snow and blowing snow overnight.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Arctic, Newfoundland, Green Bay White Bay Nova Scotia

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