Weather not expected to improve over the weekend

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From schools to business and government agencies, pretty much everything was shut down on the west coast on Friday as a winter storm hit the area, bringing with it high winds, snow, freezing rain and rain.

And while that system appears to have passed, Environment Canada is predicting another storm tonight and into Sunday.

In a special weather statement for the Corner Brook area, Environment Canada said a low pressure system is expected to develop along the Eastern Seaboard and track over the west coast.

Current indications are that precipitation will begin as snow in the southwest this evening and spread throughout the island overnight.

Precipitation is then expected to transition to rain for most of the island through the day Sunday except for the Northern Peninsula where precipitation is expected to remain as snow.

In conjunction with this storm, Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for the Wreckhouse area.

At the height of Friday’s storm the Department of Transportation and Works issued serveral advisories urging motorists to stay off area highways, including the Burgeo Highway and the Trans-Canada Highway in the Wiltondale to Rocky Harbour and Woody Point to Trout River areas.

Later in the evening equipment was taken off the road in the area from Plum Point to St. Anthony.

And of course what storm wouldn’t be complete without a few power outages.

At around 9 a.m. Friday parts of Corner Brook and the Bay of Islands lost power for up to an hour and a half.

Michelle Coughlan, Newfoundland Power’s director of corporate communications, said the outage was weather related.

“As a result really of the heavy snow, high winds and blowing snow,” said Coughlan.  

Coughlan said in the initial stages of the outage the power company “was able to get a big chunk of customers on relatively quickly and then we worked to restore power to the remaining customers.”

Power was restored to remaining areas just before 11 a.m.

Just before noon an outage was reported in Margaree. Customers there were also without power for more than an hour.

Organizations: Environment Canada, Department of Transportation and Works, Trans-Canada Highway Newfoundland Power

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Eastern Seaboard, Northern Peninsula Wiltondale Rocky Harbour Woody Point Trout River Plum Point Bay of Islands Margaree

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