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MASSIVE BLIZZARD IS ONE TO REMEMBER

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A shot of Gower Street in St. John's on Friday. Courtesy Adam Walsh

Hey Folks,
 
I just wanted to post a quick Summary of our Winter Blizzard, which no doubt, will be one to remember for years to come. Even early in the week, it appeared this Storm was going to pack a punch and by Thursday night, it was already clear this was going to be a big one. I'm just happy my cold eased off in time for me to return & cover the Storm here in the Weather Centre!
 
The final numbers are in and for St. John's Airport the final tally was 52 cm of Snow, however it's safe to say many in the Metro area received closer to 60 cm or more. It's so tough to measure when wind gusts of 100+ km/h are creating snow drifts 10-12 feet high!
 
 
MANNED OBSERVATION SITES
ST. JOHN'S ......................................  52.1 CM
GANDER ..........................................  27.4 CM

UNMANNED OBSERVATION SITES*
TERRA NOVA ....................................... 41.1 CM *
ST. LAWRENCE ..................................... 27.1 CM *
WINTERLAND ....................................... 22.5 CM *

*SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ARE ESTIMATED FROM WATER EQUIVALENT.

OTHER UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATION SITES:
COWAN HEIGHTS .................................... 57.0 CM
CLARENVILLE ...................................... 55.0 CM
BRANCH ........................................... 54.5 CM
LETHBRIDGE ....................................... 40.0 CM
NEW HARBOUR TO CAVENDISH TRINITY BAY ............. 70 TO 90 CM
ESTIMATED

THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL MAXIMUM WIND OBSERVATIONS:
SAGONA ISLAND ....................................  139 KM/H
CAPE PINE ........................................  132 KM/H
BONAVISTA ........................................  130 KM/H
CAPE RACE ........................................  120 KM/H
CAPE RACE ........................................  120 KM/H
ST. JOHN'S .......................................  111 KM/H
ST. PIERRE .......................................  109 KM/H
ARGENTIA..........................................  109 KM/H
TWILLINGATE ......................................  109 KM/H
BISHOP'S COVE ....................................  108 KM/H
ST. JOHN'S WEST ..................................  107 KM/H
WINTERLAND .......................................  107 KM/H
POOL'S ISLAND ....................................  104 KM/H
ST. LAWRENCE .....................................   94 KM/H
GANDER ...........................................   87 KM/H
 
As mentioned in the statement, the bulls-eye appears to be in the Trinity Bay area where estimates are in the 70-90 cm range! For Metro, the Snow could have been even higher than it was. With Snowfall accumulating at 2-3 cm per hour over the Northern Avalon late morning, the band of relentless steady snow streaming in from the North, began to shift to the West. By 1-2 pm, that Snow band had pushed far enough West over Conception Bay North, Trinty Bay, Clarenville & Bonavista, that Metro began mixing over to drizzle. The scary part is, if that Westward shift hadn't happened, Metro would have continued to see Snow all afternoon & into the evening. Another 10-20 cm wouldn't have been out of the question! This is a radar loop from 5am to 5pm on Friday. 

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In terms of Big Snowstorms in St. John's, this one is certainly ranks right up there with some of the best. Here are a few numbers from Storms in the past. This was certainly the biggest snowstorm in St. John's since 2006. How about the Winter of 2005? Back to back 50-60 cm Storms over a 2 month span! Everyone remembers the famous April snowstorm of 1999 & I don't think anything will ever top the 2 storm of February 1894 where 152 cm fell!

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There are so many great pics and videos from the Storm. Here are a few of my favourites :)


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Snow drifts higher than basketball nets! Courtesy of Jean Hanlon.

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Charmain Flynn sent me this picture. That little guy is tall than the truck! 

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Love this makeshift fridge... classic! Courtesy of Mellissa Morris. 

And finally a video!! This one from the Southlands, sent in by Vanessa George of the plow "making a run at it" on her road. 

You can see more pictures here.
 
Ryan

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