Having a blast in the Snow in Paradise! Courtesy: Courtney Walsh.
Well as far as a first Snowfall goes... the shot of Snow across the Metro
area and parts of the Avalon last night was a good first taste. As advertised,
this system was tough to nail down, with the various forecast models flip
flopping right up until the very end. In the end, it seems amounts were in that
8-15 cm range for most of the Metro area, but pretty variable between
the highest and lowest elevations. St. John's Airport picked up 17 cm of Snow,
while 20 minutes down the road, a few of my colleagues measured closer to just 5
cm in CBS!
This is certainly the time of year when you can see differences between
high & lower elevations in terms of snowfall. With yesterday's storm in
particular, the Snow was sticking to the ground and accumulating near the
airport by 2pm, while here near the CBC it took until 4:30 or so and lower
elevations took even longer than that. Temperatures at the surface were ABOVE
zero in the Metro area and temps cool off more quickly in those higher
spots. CBS being right along the "warmer" water of Conception Bay &
downsloping Northeasterly winds were no doubt a factor yesterday as well.
However, as we move into the Winter season, the ground gets colder, our
temperatures get colder & we all get some snow on the ground, these
differences become smaller.
SNOW SPREADS NORTHWEST
Our system is slowly moving North over the next few days and has already been
spreading Snow & Wind into Central, Western & Northern Newfoundland as well as Southeastern Labrador today. Overnight & into Friday on the Island, the periods of snow will slowly come
to an end, while the winds are going to increase and Snow Squalls are really
going to begin firing up along the West & South Coasts of the Island!
As mentioned, winds will stay very gusty across the Province tomorrow,
especially across the Island and for Coastal Labrador. By Saturday, an area of
High pressure will be parked over the Maritimes. The breezy Northerly flow
around that high will mean a chilly Saturday for NL. The squalls should be
coming to an end, but onshore flurries will continue for the West Coast through
High pressure moves over the Island on Sunday bringing some Sun and lighter
winds, which means temperatures will be a little warmer, but likely still
hovering near freezing. In Labrador a system approaching from the West will
bring clouds and flurries, but also a Southerly flow and warmer temperatures for
As of now, that system looks set to will move into Newfoundland on Monday
with warmer temperatures and showers to start the week.
LONG RANGE GFS FORECAST MODEL
As you can see, following our early week system, forecast models are
showing another system set to arrive mid next week... with even warmer
temperatures and strong Southerly flow.
The overall theme for next week certainly looks "mild".
Speaking of next week, I'm off for a week of R&R, Lee Pitts will be
pinch hitting for me here in the Weather Centre... and be sure to check out the
Live Blog at www.cbc.ca/ryansnoddon
for the latest from Rodney Barney.