Batten down the hatches and stock up on vital supplies because Old Man Winter is about to hit again.
Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for the entire island and the Red Bay to L’anse au Clair area of Labrador for Friday.
Listing it as “dangerous winter weather conditions,” Environment Canada is calling for heavy snow, strong winds and blowing snow.
According to its website, www.weather.gc.ca, a low pressure system near Florida will deepen as it tracks along the Eastern Seaboard today. The system will then track through the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Friday.
Precipitation associated with this system will begin as snow overnight over southwestern Newfoundland then spread to the rest of the island Friday morning. The snow will become heavy at times then change over to a period of freezing rain and eventually change over to rain for most areas.
The precipitation will persist as snow over the Northern Peninsula, but will become mixed with ice pellets late in the day Friday.
For the Corner Brook area a snowfall of up to 15 centimetres is expected. Rainfall is estimated at five to 10 millimetres.
The heaviest snowfall will be in the southwestern portion of the island where up to 25 centimetres of snowfall is expected before the changeover to rain.
Environment Canada said this storm will bring strong southeasterly winds to the entire island beginning overnight in southwestern Newfoundland and spreading elsewhere during the day Friday.
Winds will be especially strong along the east, south and west coasts where gusts up to 100 kilometres an hour are expected.
In the Wreckhouse area, wind gusts up to 80 km/hour will develop overnight and increase to 150 km/hour by Friday morning. These strong winds will gradually weaken Friday afternoon and evening. These winds will combine with the freshly fallen snow to give reduced visibilities in blowing snow.
Also, strong southeasterly winds will create a storm surge from Connaigre to Port aux Basques on Friday morning. This will coincide with high astronomical tide as well as large waves and pounding surf and may cause minor flooding along parts of the coast.
The city of Corner Brook is preparing for a challenging weekend, again putting its hurricane response plan into effect as required.
“We’re asking the public to help us respond to this latest blast of winter by parking off-street wherever possible and keeping an eye on known trouble spots around the city,” Mayor Charles Pender stated in a press release.
City crews have been working to ensure all snow-clearing equipment is ready to go when the weather system hits. Work trucks have been stocked with flood control supplies, priority catch basins and headwalls are being checked regularly, and trouble areas from previous weather events are being monitored closely.
Residents can assist by keeping an eye on streams, culverts and catch basins in their areas. Weather related emergencies should be reported by calling the city’s 24-hour customer service line at 637-1666. Residents are also reminded that they are not permitted to push, shovel or blow snow into the street when they are clearing their driveways, as this creates a safety hazard for motorists and pedestrians.