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Canada Snow falling, winds ramp up, as blizzard set to wallop Newfoundland

12:07  17 january  2020
12:07  17 january  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

'Storm of the winter' expected as blizzard heads to Newfoundland

  'Storm of the winter' expected as blizzard heads to Newfoundland Travellers are being warned to make other plans, with high winds and heavy snowfalls in the forecast."This is the worst I've seen in years," said Wanda Batten, a meteorologist with the Environment Canada office in Gander. "This is the big blizzard you're gonna be talking about for years to come.

Once it's done with the Maritimes, this storm will fall on Newfoundland with extreme winds , very heavy snow , and dangerous storm surge.

The blizzard will unleash heavy snow amid winds past 35 mph. Visibility could be reduced to zero Blowing snow with winds still gusting past 35 mph will cause near zero visibility in many areas and "It's possible [Boston] sets an all time record, but the latest snow report indicates they're not there yet

a pile of snow: The province has asked people to stay home if they can, as a blizzard is expected to wallop much of eastern Newfoundland Friday. © Marie Isabelle Rochon/Radio-Canada The province has asked people to stay home if they can, as a blizzard is expected to wallop much of eastern Newfoundland Friday.

With a blizzard ramping up for eastern Newfoundland and snow starting to fall, much of St. John's has hunkered down for the day, bracing against an onslaught of severe weather, including heavy snow and strong winds.

More than 75 centimetres of snow is expected to fall on the Avalon Peninsula, by Friday night, while winds are expected to gust as high as 150 km/h in coastal areas.

Environment Canada has a blizzard warning in effect for much of eastern Newfoundland, as well as the Bay of Exploits and the Bonavista Peninsula on the north coast.

Up to 15 cm of snow coming to Toronto this weekend

  Up to 15 cm of snow coming to Toronto this weekend A system coming north from the U.S. is forecast to dump between 10 and 15 cm of snow on the city on Saturday, Environment Canada says.fA system coming north from the U.S. is forecast to dump between 10 and 15 cm of snow on the city on Saturday, Environment Canada says.

Snow plows move up and down Minnesota Avenue near Russel street Monday, April 16, in Sioux Falls . Wind will also cause blowing snow , which could make travel impossible. Because the snow is What we know now: Conditions: Sioux Falls is currently under a Blizzard Warning until 10

The Early February 2013 North American blizzard was a powerful blizzard that developed from the combination of two areas of low pressure

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District has closed a slew of schools in the eastern and central regions, while Memorial University, the Marine Institute and the College of the North Atlantic have also closed for the day.

Metrobus has cancelled its public transit service, while most flights are cancelled at St. John's International Airport.

The Marine Atlantic ferry service has cancelled its morning crossings between North Sydney, N.S., and Port aux Basques, N.L.

Winds picked up early Friday morning and snow started falling around 4:30 a.m. The strongest wind gusts will be Friday night.

The blizzard conditions are expected to persist into Saturday afternoon.

St. John's Mayor Danny Breen said Thursday that declaring a state of emergency is an option he's prepared to look at if needed, depending on conditions through Friday.

Meanwhile, the province has issued a public advisory, citing the possibility of "poor to near zero visibility," and warning of possible coastal flooding and elevated water levels. People are being asked to stay home if they can.

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Province seeking financial help as St. John's recovers from blizzardThe provincial capital has been under the emergency declaration for eight days since last week's fierce storm that dumped more than 76 centimetres of snow on the city in a single day.

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