A severe weather system that has been moving up the Atlantic coast is expected to hit central Newfoundland later this morning.
With reports out of Halifax of snowfall rates of 5 cm per hour and higher, and wind gusts as high as 115 km per hour, blizzard conditions are expected to bring parts of the Island to a screeching halt.
“I’d say keep any travel to a minimum, it will be quite nasty,” David Neil, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist with Environment Canada told the TC Media. “It’s not one of those that is going to bring record snowfall, but with the wind it going to be a very nasty day, or day and a half. So any non essential travel, I would hold off on that.”
In central portions of the Island conditions are expected range from poor visibility in snow to blizzard conditions.
Strong winds combined with freshly fallen snow will produce an extended period of blowing snow with reduced visibility tonight into Wednesday.
Total snowfall accumulations are forecast to range from 10 cm along parts of the coast to 30 cm inland by late Wednesday. Winds are expected to reach 80 km per hour in some areas.
Blowing snow advisories are issued when winds are expected to create blowing snow giving poor visibility to 800 metres or less for at least 3 hours. Blizzard conditions are declared when winds of 40 km an hour or greater are expected to cause widespread reductions in visibility to 400 metres or less for at least 4 hours.
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