Onshore flurries will be found for northern areas of the Avalon Peninsula tonight, along with the Bonavista Peninsula and the northeast and central coast of the Island. Some locations could pick up a few centimeters, and roads will become locally slippery. The Northern Peninsula, West Coast and South Coast should remain dry and partly cloudy. Lows will be near freezing in the east and south, to near -8° central, west and northwest.
Thursday will be quiet across much of the Island, with a few flurries possible north in onshore winds. Areas not under the flurries, or direct onshore winds, should see a mix of sun and cloud. Clouds begin to increase late in the southwest, ahead of our incoming weather maker. Highs near freezing Island-wide.
A Special Weather Statement is in effect for the entire Island, from Environment Canada, due to the threat of wintry weather from Thursday night thru Saturday… or perhaps Sunday based on some computer model guidance this evening.
A Wreckhouse Wind Warning is also in effect. Winds in the Wreckhosue area will pickup tomorrow, from the east, and will be gusting to 100 km/h in the afternoon and 120 km/h tomorrow night. Travellers heading through that area, please keep this in mind.
Snow will spread across the Island Thursday night from southwest to northeast. It will arrive on the West Coast, Central and the northeast Avalon around day break. This will make for a messy commute. Eastern and southeastern areas of the Island will see the snow mixing with, and change to rain Friday afternoon. Areas of central and western Newfoundland will see snow, heavy at times, through the day Friday. Gusty winds will blow and drift the snow.
Friday night the rain, or rain mixed with snow, will continue across eastern areas, while snow will persist central and west. Saturday will see much of the same. The weather maker will finally begin to depart on Sunday, but as colder moves on the back side of the low, a burst of snow may be found on the Avalon either late Saturday night or Sunday morning. At this time that is uncertain. What is certain is that the heaviest snow will fall across central and western areas between Thursday night and Saturday afternoon. Areas east will see some snow, but also some rain. See the snowfall map below for what I’m currently thinking. Keep in mind this may change as the forecast evolves.
I’ll be watching this system closely over the next few days.
Very quiet weather will be found across the Big Land tonight and tomorrow as high pressure dominates the forecast. The quiet weather will linger through the weekend as the high keeps things quiet and cold. The next chance of flurries arrives in eastern Labrador on Saturday and could persist into Monday. Check out your 5 day forecast in the Weather Centre!