Alerts for: St. John's and vicinity

Warnings

7:57 PM NST Friday 20 January 2017
Blizzard warning in effect for:

  • St. John's and vicinity

Blizzard conditions are expected to develop near midnight or overnight with strong winds and near zero visibility in snow and blowing snow.

Total snowfall accumulations of 20 to 30 cm are forecast over the northern and eastern Avalon Peninsula. Elsewhere snowfall amounts will range between 10 and 20 cm. Snowfall may exceed these amounts in some localized locations.

Snow, at times heavy, associated with an approaching storm system is forecast to begin over the eastern Avalon Peninsula this evening and spread northwestward overnight. The snow will continue overnight and Saturday, before tapering off Saturday afternoon or evening as the storm moves away.

Winds will strengthen from a northeasterly direction overnight tonight with gusts reaching 80 km/h. Winds will become northerly early Saturday while further strengthening, producing gusts at times to 100 km/h. The winds will gradually ease Saturday night through Sunday.

Travel is expected to become extremely hazardous due to the heavy snowfall and poor visibility. The strong winds may lead to power outages.

Road closures are possible. If you must travel, keep others informed of your schedule and destination and carry an emergency kit and mobile phone.

Blizzard warnings are issued when widespread reduced visibilities of 400 metres or less are expected for at least 4 hours.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.weathernlwo.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports to #NLwx.

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