Alerts for: Avalon Peninsula Southwest


3:55 PM NDT Wednesday 29 March 2017
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Avalon Peninsula Southwest

Meteorologists are continuing to monitor a developing storm that will bring an extended period of winter weather to Newfoundland between Thursday and Saturday. Persons planning weather-sensitive activities are advised to check for updated forecasts and should begin to consider alternate arrangements. Travel is expected to become difficult for many areas on Thursday.

Precipitation: Snow is forecast to spread across most of the Island on Thursday. Total snowfall amounts of 30 cm or more are expected by Saturday morning over central and eastern Newfoundland, with lesser amounts elsewhere. Over southeastern Newfoundland, the snow will likely mix with or change to rain or freezing rain late Thursday before transitioning to heavier snow on Friday. Precipitation is forecast to remain as snow over the remainder of the Island.

Wind: Strong north to northeasterly winds will accompany this storm. Winds will begin to strengthen late Thursday for most of the Island. Gusts over 100 km/h are possible over the eastern half of the Island during the day on Friday and into Friday night. Winds are forecast to ease on Saturday. A wind warning has been issued for the southeastern Avalon.

Visibility: The combination of snow and strong winds will create considerable blowing snow for most areas beginning Thursday evening. Blizzard conditions with near zero visibility in blowing snow are possible for parts of the northeast coast on Friday and the Avalon Peninsula Friday afternoon and evening. A blowing snow advisory has been issued for the eastern side of the Great Northern Peninsula.

Ice pressure: Persistent onshore wind along the east and northeast coasts may result in extensive ice buildup or significant pressure, both along the coastline and in the bays, especially north of Cape St. Francis.

Wave action: Eastern facing shoreline areas of the Avalon Peninsula south of Cape St. Francis can expect pounding surf and high waves on Friday.

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


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