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Freezing rain and wind impacting west coast

The temperature today in Gander reached 15 degrees, making it feel more like spring than late fall.
The temperature today in Gander reached 15 degrees, making it feel more like spring than late fall.

Mother Nature seems to be throwing everything she’s got at the west coast today.

There’s a wind warning for the Corner Brook area, freezing rain for Deer Lake and the Humber Valley, wind for Gros Morne and wind and Wreckhouse wind for the Port aux Basques area.

Environment Canada says the Corner Brook and Gros Morne areas can expect easterly wind gusts of between 100 and 130 kilometres per hour as the wind spreads north along the coast. Those winds are expected to diminish by the evening.

While the wind isn’t quite as strong around Port aux Basques right now, the Wreckhouse area is seeing gusting near 160 km/h.

Environment Canada says high winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break and can put vehicles at risk of being overturned or drivers to experience loss of control.

Most area will also experience snow turning to freezing rain and ice pellets as the system moves across the region.

For Deer Lake and the Humber Valley the freezing rain is expected to begin around noon and end this evening.

The weather is making driving conditions less than favourable in a lot of areas.

The Department of Transportation and Works is advising of slippery and white out conditions in most area. Vehicles are advised to stay out of the Wreckhouse area and Mountain Road in the Stephenville area is closed due to high winds and heavy drifting. Equipment has been taken off the Burgeo Highway because it is too stormy to operate.

Schools in a lot of areas have also been impacted by the weather. Schools in Port aux Basques and Stephenville that were closed this morning are reopening for the afternoon session.

Schools in Pasadena and Deer Lake are staying closed for the entire day, however, St. James All Grade in Lark Harbour will reopen.

Marine Atlantic has made some changes to its schedule due to the weather. The crossings scheduled to depart North Sydney today at 11:45 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. have been moved to 10:30 p.m.

Today’s 11:45 a.m. crossing from Port aux Basques has been moved to 11:45 p.m.

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