'Mixed bag' of wet and windy weather ahead for most of Newfoundland
Up to 30 cm of snow expected for Northern Peninsula, southern Labrador starting Monday night
Most of Newfoundland and parts of Labrador can expect a bit more winter this week, with a mix of winter storm warnings, wind warnings and rain in the forecast.
"Basically, we have a mixed bag of precipitation for everybody," says Allison Sheppard, a meteorologist with the Environment Canada weather office in Gander.
Precipitation is set to move in Monday evening as wet snow on the Avalon Peninsula, before switching to ice pellets, freezing rain and then rain into Tuesday morning.
That weather will be far more wintry for the Northern Peninsula and southern Labrador, with upwards of 25 centimetres of snow expected to fall through to Wednesday morning, Sheppard said.
"Through central, there's the possibility of more freezing rain warnings through there, but for most areas you're gonna see a change through from snow, ice pellets, freezing rain and rain, so it's really a mix of everything."
Overnight winds are expected to be around 80 km/h for much of the island, Sheppard said.
"I'm sure people will hear that overnight, but again tomorrow they will diminish pretty quickly in the morning," she told CBC's St. John's Morning Show.
Marine Atlantic moved its Monday morning sailing between Port aux Basques and North Sydney, N.S., up an hour earlier, in order to get ahead of the weather system.
Wind gusts in the Wreckhouse area are expected to hit nearly 130 km/h Monday evening, with wind warnings also in effect for other areas of the west coast, including Bay St. George, Corner Brook and Gros Morne.
Sheppard said it's not clear just how much snow in total will fall on the western and Northern Peninsula — since those strong winds will be blowing it around so much — but it could be as much as 30 centimetres.
"Just about every type of precipitation" in forecast for <a href="https://twitter.com/cbcnfldmorning?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@cbcnfldmorning</a> region overnight, says Allison Sheppard of Gander Weather Office of Environment Canada. "Upwards to 30 cm" of snow for parts of Northern Peninsula & Labrador Straits by Tuesday. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nlwx?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nlwx</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/AMSheppard?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AMSheppard</a> <a href="https://t.co/zUx37Q8FWH">pic.twitter.com/zUx37Q8FWH</a>—@BerniceCBC
If that makes you want to give up hope for springtime in Newfoundland and Labrador, Sheppard sees a silver lining: things might warm up a bit by the weekend.
"There is a possible system for late in the week, but if you take a look at the extended forecast there are some warmer temperatures on the way for the weekend, so everybody can take a peek at those."
With files from The St. John's Morning Show