NL Gazette

N.L. notices rain, snow, severe cold as a ‘significant’ climate system takes hold

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Flooding wrote on Burin, Avalon peninsulas; Labrador West to notice -50 wind chill.
  • Some citizens on the Connaigre Peninsula were without power on Saturday as frost pulled down power lines.

Nfld and Labrador face extreme cold and rain: 

Much of Newfoundland and Labrador is under climate alerts Saturday, as rain and winter storm needs persist in walloping large swaths of the island and severe cold grips regions of Labrador.

As of Saturday morning, rainfall alerts were in result for the Avalon and Burin peninsulas.

The latter is also under a frozen rain alert in the Connaigre province, where a winter storm caution is in impact.

The Bonavista Peninsula is also under a winter storm alert, as are the Burgeo-Ramea, Bonavista North, Bay of Exploits, Gander, Clarenville, Grand Falls-Windsor, and Terra Nova sites.

In Labrador, severe cold cautions impact Churchill Falls and Labrador City-Wabush and the areas of Hopedale, Nain, and Postville-Makkovik.

Rob Carroll, a meteorologist at the Environment Canada climate office in Gander, states an extensive system is moving through the region.

Read more: Winter ‘mess’ ready to leave freezing rain, snow, and icy temperatures on N.L.

Rain, snow and intense cold pounded NL

“This one stretches right back to the southern states, pulling moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and growing up here to Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond,” he stated. Source –

Carroll stated the northern Avalon Peninsula could predict up to 40 millimeters of rain by Sunday, while the southern Avalon could witness up to 90 millimeters.

“Way up on the northern region of the northern Avalon, we’ll see some icy rain,” Carroll stated. Source –

Clarenville can hope between ten and 20 millimeters, and the Connaigre up to 30. 

“And all those places will see it switch back to snow tonight before it all finishes tomorrow morning,” Carroll stated Saturday. Source –

There is flooding, electricity outages in some regions.

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