Montreal blanketed by more than 45 cm of snow from storm moving east
Posted: Dec 28, 2012
The winter storm that dumped a record-breaking amount of snow on Montreal is now hitting Newfoundland, with Environment Canada saying northern and central parts of the province can expect 20 to 30 centimetres.
“Heavy snow and strong easterly winds over southwestern Newfoundland this morning will spread northeastward today,” Environment Canada said.
By 11 p.m. local time, there were snowfall accumulations of 23 centimetres in Deer Lake, 21 centimetres in Gander and less than a centimetre in St. John’s.
Winter storm warnings are in effect in many parts of central and northern Newfoundland, with Environment Canada warning that “dangerous winter weather conditions” are expected in some areas.
The low-pressure system producing the storm is expected to move from southern Nova Scotia to near Cape Breton by Friday evening. The system will then track across eastern Newfoundland at night before moving to the northeast of the province on Saturday.
Strong easterly winds will accompany the system, with gusts reaching 100 km/h along Newfoundland’s south and west coasts, and gusts to 150 km/h in the Wreckhouse area.
Wind speeds in Wreckhouse had reached a peak of 143 km/h by 2:30 p.m. local time, Barney said in a post on Twitter.