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  • Freezing Rain, Ice and Snow to Make for Messy Midweek

    As can be expected this time of year, a messy mix of wintry weather will make itself known across the island over the next few days. Anything from snow, to ice, rain and wind will be felt in parts across the island.

    As PAL Airlines and Aerospace Meteorologist Brian Walsh forecasts, some areas of Central Newfoundland could see up to 40 cm of snow by the end of the week.


    Read the full detailed report from Brian Walsh below

    The first system arrives Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, with significant snow in Central Newfoundland, significant freezing rain to the south, and a changeover to rain later in the day for the South Coast and Avalon.

    A second system follows on Thursday, with more snow for Central and Western Newfoundland, and rain for the South Coast and Avalon. Brian Walsh says travel could be treacherous through Wednesday and Thursday, with icy roads in Southern and Eastern Newfoundland, and significant snowfall in Central.

    Then, a third system looks to move in over the weekend, but Walsh says it appears to be a warmer system, likely bringing rain to most of the island.

    Regional Breakdown

    Avalon/Burin Peninsulas and South Coast

    The region will see showers overnight, with temperatures falling to just above the freezing mark overnight. Showers or flurries develop Tuesday evening ahead of the arrival of the first system. Flurries will then change through ice pellets to freezing rain after midnight, continue into Wednesday morning.

    Walsh says significant ice accretion is expected Wednesday morning, before temperatures rise allowing precipitation to change to rain by Wednesday afternoon. The rain should change to drizzle or freezing drizzle late Wednesday. The second system arriving Thursday morning will likely be rain, though wet snow or freezing rain is possible.

    Eastern Newfoundland (Bonavista Peninsula, Clarenville and Terra Nova)

    Quiet for much of Tuesday, until flurries or light snow begin in the evening. Overnight, precipitation will change through ice pellets to freezing rain by Wednesday morning. As temperatures will stay near the freezing mark, Walsh says the area could see significant ice accumulation on Wednesday, with the potential for power outages and slippery conditions. Freezing rain or ice pellets taper to freezing drizzle late Wednesday afternoon.

    The second system approaching on Thursday will see a mix of snow, ice pellets and possibly rain. Walsh predicts snowfall amounts could reach 10cm on Thursday.

    Central Newfoundland / Humber Valley

    Snow develops on Tuesday night, continuing through Wednesday afternoon, before tapering to flurries. Snowfall amounts of 10-20 cm are likely in much of Central. South of the TCH, snowfall will be likely less than 5 cm, but significant freezing rain is expected.

    The second system approaching Thursday will see more snow for Central, starting by dawn. Additional snowfall of 15-20 cm is expected by Thursday evening.

    Walsh says areas north of the TCH will likely reach 25-40 cm by Friday morning.

    Western Newfoundland

    Showers or flurries develop late Tuesday afternoon, changing to freezing rain or ice pellets after midnight. Icy conditions continue into Wednesday, likely changing to rain in coastal areas. Snow mixed with ice pellets develops Wednesday night. The Southwest Coast could see a mix of wet snow and rain.

    5-10 cm of snow is possible on Thursday for the West Coast.

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