Newfoundland Is At Risk For Hurricane Strength Winds Today Because Of A Winter Storm
It's like a category one hurricane.
Parts of Atlantic Canada have been getting a winter walloping and two big storms in less than a week have made their way out east. The second Newfoundland storm is bringing winds as strong as a hurricane to the province along with winter weather. You definitely don't want to be outside during this storm.
It's not hurricane season but that's not stopping hurricane-force winds from showing up in the Atlantic region.
On January 9, a weather system in the area is bringing another round of wintry weather with snow and gusty winds which makes for the ideal blowing snow conditions.
According to The Weather Network, gusts could reach as high as 130 km/h along the coastal and northern areas of the province before tapering off late in the day.
That's a strong as a category one hurricane which can have wind speeds from 119 km/h to 153 km/h.
Due to the snowfall and the winds being so strong, there's a likelihood of blowing snow through to the morning on January 10 especially in open, exposed areas.
Environment Canada has wind and winter storm warnings in place for parts of Newfoundland and blowing snow advisories as well.
"Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve," the government agency stated in the warnings. "Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow."
They are also warning that the strong winds are expected to cause damage to buildings and could take off roof shingles or blow in windows.
Western and northern coastal areas in Newfoundland could see 10 to 20 centimetres of snow because of this system while the eastern parts of the province could get less than that at around 5 to 10 centimetres.
With this being theto hit the area and some places getting upwards of 40 centimetres of snow, strong winds and more snow is definitely not ideal.
A toddler in Clarenville, Newfoundland wason January 6 after the first blast of winter weather but was so done that he just slumped forward in defeat.
Such a mood.
There will be a bit of relief after this system passes but it won't last long.
Another messy one is on the horizon for the Atlantic region.
According to The Weather Network, temperatures will improve slightly as a new storm system approaches but as cold air makes a comeback, that could mean more snow on the weekend.
One thing is for sure — it looks like it will continue to be a week of wild weather!