Another great winter storm that rushes towards Newfoundland

Environment Canada is asking travelers to make other plans, as strong winds and other significant snowfall are heading to Newfoundland. (Gary Locke / CBC)

Another great winter storm rushes towards Newfoundland, bringing lots of snow and strong winds.

The only question now is who gets what.

Environment Canada has eastern Newfoundland and most of the center under a special weather statement, anticipating 20 to 40 centimeters of snow in general, with some areas, such as Trinity or Conception Bay, looking at possible 70 centimeters.

People should prepare for some power outages.– Justin Boudreau, meteorologist

The storm will arrive on Thursday night and will increase until Friday, probably until Friday night and even until Saturday in some places.

Meteorologists are still trying to track in which direction the storm will move, and Justin Boudreau, at Gander’s meteorological office, says that will make a difference in the amount of snow that certain areas receive.

“The general track itself has not changed much, but it moved about 20 kilometers and that means that all the snow goes to Trinity Bay instead of Conception Bay,” he said.

“So, that kind of microchange now is what a change in numbers is going to do.”

The island has already seen some significant snowfall this season, and the Avalon Peninsula in particular is dealing with more than 100 centimeters since Christmas.

Travelers be careful

Meanwhile, Environment Canada warns travelers to make other plans before the “intense storm.”

Wind gusts of 100 to 120 km / h inland, and up to 130 km / h or more along the coast, will probably make travel difficult. Drivers are warned that visibility will likely be reduced to zero in some areas, with possible snowstorm conditions.

“It could be quite windy, so I think people should prepare for some power outages,” Boudreau said.

“And if you have loose objects in the yard, I suspect they are already buried, but if they are not, you may pick them up.”

Environment Canada says the winds will also create some dangerous coastal conditions, “with possible 80 cm storm tides combined with 10-meter waves.” The agency also warns of possible flooding and damage to coastal infrastructure.

And although it may be scarce, Boudreau said there is still a chance that it rains in some parts of the Avalon.

“Last night’s things still rained a little in Cape Race, maybe as far north as Bay Bulls or the Metro,” he said. “Therefore, there would not be much rain … it seems that maybe just a small splash or maybe even drizzle.”

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