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Newfoundland Forecast

Much of the Island will see quiet weather overnight, under partly cloudy skies. The exception will be the West Coast and the South Coast, where some flurries, or flurries mixed with showers, will develop after midnight. Very little snowfall is expected. Lows for most near -5°. The exception will be in central and on the Northern Peninsula where lows will be closer to -13°. Wind chills into the minus teens with winds from the west at 15-30 km/h.

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Thursday will see clouds on the increase throughout the day for eastern and southeastern Newfoundland. Some showers, or flurries, are likely south later in the day. Central looks to remain dry, although I can’t rule out some flurries once west of Grand Falls-Windsor. Along the South Coast, expect some showers and flurries during the afternoon. On the West Coast expect some light snow. Amounts will be less than 2 cm. Highs will be a little above freezing in the south to a little farther north. Winds turn southerly on the West Coast and stay westerly in the east. All areas will see speeds in the 20-30 km/h range.

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An area of low pressure will approach the Avalon Thursday night, move overhead Friday morning and be northeast of the Island Friday evening. This track will bring some significant snowfall to much of central and western Newfoundland,eastern areas west of the Avalon and north of the Burin Peninsulas, the Northern Peninsula and southeast Labrador.

The Avalon and Burin Peninsulas will see mainly rain, with perhaps some snow early Friday morning on the front side of the system and some snow Friday afternoon or evening on the back side of the low. Amounts, at this time, look to be insignificant. Temperatures on Friday look to reach near freezing in the east and south, to just below central, west and north.

It should be noted that model consensus is for the outcome discussed above, however there is a possibility of a slightly farther east track of the low. If this occurs, the rain/snow line may setup over the eastern Avalon. If this happens, parts of the easternmost Peninsula would see significant snowfall. Something for me to keep an eye on!

Winds will be very gusty for the eastern half of the Island Friday and Friday night. Gusts likely approach 80 km/h inland and near 100 km/h on the coast, from the west. For areas that see snowfall, this will create areas of blowing and drifting snow Friday into Friday night.

Westerly winds and arctic flood back across the Island on Saturday and Sunday. This will bring widespread flurries and snow squalls to the West Coast, South Coast, Connaigre Region, Burin Peninsula and southern Avalon. Farther north, scattered flurries are likely both days. Highs will be minus single numbers both days, with wind chills into the minus teens.


Labrador Forecast

Most of the Big Land will see quiet weather overnight, under mainly clear skies. The exception will be Churchill Falls to Labrador City and Wabush, where some flurries are likely. Light accumulations, on the order of 2-4 cm, are possible in Labrador West. Lows -10° to -20°. Coldest readings likely around the Churchill Falls area.

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Flurries will be on the menu for Labrador West throughout much of the day (Thursday), while eastern and northern areas start the morning off dry and partly cloudy. Eastern and northern areas will see flurries arriving in the afternoon. Accumulations in the 2-4 cm area from Churchill Falls to Labrador City and Wabush. East of there, I do not expect much. Highs near -10°. Wind chills into the minus 20s.

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Snow will develop across southeast Labrador on Friday, while flurries will be found in the north and west. Highs again near -10°. Saturday will see more flurries and light snow along the coast, while scattered flurries will be found in the west under partly cloudy skies. Highs near -5° in the east and middle minus teens in the north and west. Flurries persist into Sunday along the coast due to an offshore low, while sunshine returns to the west. Highs into the minus teens in the west to -6° to -10° range along the coast. Monday will bring a mix of sun and cloud, with highs near -10° on the coast and -15° in the west.