Aftermath of a historic blizzard, St. John’s, NL, 18 Jan 2020 (Bob Hallett/Twitter)
Eastern Newfoundland has been paralyzed by a blizzard which meteorologists are calling a weather bomb with historic snow and howling winds.
A state of emergency continued Saturday in St. John’s where a new all-time daily snowfall record was set on Friday.
The provincial capital received an astonishing 76.2 cm on 17 January which buried vehicles and left huge snowdrifts making even walking difficult.
The previous daily record was 68.4 cm from 05 April 1999 with records dating to 1942.
Other communities in the Avalon Peninsula recorded more than 90 cm of snow.
Wind gusts exceeded hurricane-force in many areas with a peak of 171 km/h at Fortune Bay.
The Newfoundland premier has asked the federal government to bring in the army for help in the cleanup effort.
A snowy sidewalk in Calgary, 27 April 2019 (Instagram/machadogiselia)
A strong low pressure system brought snow and strong winds to Alberta creating poor visibility and even thunderstorms and a possible tornado were reported.
Emergency officials scrambled to respond to more than 120 road crashes in Calgary on Sunday due to slippery, treacherous conditions after about 15 cm snow fell.
The spring blizzard continued to move across the Prairies where it dumped up to 45 cm on southwestern Saskatchewan including the Cypress Hills area.
The storm crossed into Manitoba with as little as 5 cm in the southeast to about 30 cm in the southwest.
Bomb cyclone centre in U.S. Midwest, 14 Mar 2019 (earth.nullschool.net)
A so-called bomb cyclone brought blizzard conditions to Colorado and now heavy rain, flooding and even tornadoes to the U.S. Midwest.
The weather bomb occurs when there is a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure over a 24 hour period.
Further north, the storm is dumping snow across Minnesota as it moves into northwestern Ontario.
Severe thunderstorm watches have been posted for Southern Ontario with strong winds expected along with heavy rain.
New Brunswick will the effects this weekend with significant rainfall and gusty winds in the forecast.
Labrador typically receives some of the highest amounts of snow in Canada during the winter which stretches from October to April – and this season is no exception.
A coastal blizzard has buried the community of Makkovik with almost 110 cm of snow falling since late last week.
Social media posts have showed entrances to buildings blocked and the snow depth higher than local residents trying to dig out.
Based on the 30-year average, Makkovik usually gets about 411 cm per year with only July and August not recording measurable snow.
Heavy snow in Corner Brook, NL, 09 April 2018 (Smallwood/Twitter)
After delivering a punch to eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, a low pressure system rapidly intensified over Newfoundland with strong winds and heavy snow creating blizzard conditions.
Snowfall was heaviest in western Newfoundland while the eastern island received freezing rain, ice pellets and rain.
Snowfall totals as of 9am NDT, 10 April:
- St. Anthony 42 cm
- Corner Brook 37 cm
- Deer Lake 27 cm
- Gander 18 cm
- Cape Race 32 mm
- St. John’s 24 mm
Peak wind gusts:
- Bonavista 126 km/h
- St. Anthony 120 km/h
- Gander 119 km/h
- St. John’s 115 km/h
Several weather outlets are forecasting a major winter storm will hit the Maritimes bringing heavy snow and strong winds to New Brunswick just days into 2018.
Blizzard conditions are possible along with large waves and high water levels along the coast.
Nova Scotia may get more rain along the Atlantic coast while a rain/snow mix is likely inland.
Until the storm arrives, Arctic air remains firmly in place with several cities in Ontario setting new record lows on New Year’s Day including -22.6 C at Toronto Pearson Airport and -28.6 C at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport.
Icy road on the Acadian Peninsula, 27 Jan 2017 (Twitter)
Canada had the eighth warmest period in 70 years of reporting weather in 2017, with temperatures averaging 1.4°C above normal.
From a list of 100 significant weather events across the country, Environment Canada picked the top 10 weather stories of the year:
1. Long and destructive summer wildfire season in British Columbia
2. Hot and dry summer in the West from Interior BC to Manitoba
3. Spring flooding in Quebec and Ontario
4. Cold and snowy winter in BC including Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island
5. More heavy rain and flooding in Southwestern Ontario during late August
6. Cool and wet summer in Central Canada
7. Heavy snow cripples Ontario and Quebec in mid-March
8. Record heat across Eastern Canada during September
9. Blizzards hit Newfoundland in March and April
10. Lengthy ice storm impacts New Brunswick in late January
Snow nearly buries two-storey homes in Gander, NL, 04 April 2017 (Twitter)
Residents of Gander might be asking, what have we done to deserve this Mother Nature?
Snow has finally stopped falling central Newfoundland after an exceptional stretch of blizzards which have brought a record 135 cm in just six days.
Drivers were being urged to stay off highways in the region as the plows struggled and often got stuck keeping up with the heavy snow.
Schools were closed for a third day and many businesses and government offices were shuttered.
Meteorologists say Gander now has 241 cm of snow on the ground which is an all-time record beating 174 cm from 2004.
Rain and milder temperatures are in the forecast which raises concerns about rapid snow melt and possible flooding by next week.
Sunset in Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, 18 March 2017 (Dearing)
A low pressure system from Quebec tracking eastward into New Brunswick was originally expected to be a blizzard but Environment Canada downgraded that warning to a blowing snow advisory late today.
After reaching a high of 5 C by afternoon in Greater Moncton, the thermometer dropped below freezing by evening and rain changed to snow.
Strong, gusty winds will create blowing snow with 10 cm possible before conditions improve tomorrow.
Wind chills will be unseasonably cold over the next 24 hours with values as low as -27 C.
Snow falls in Times Square, New York City, USA , 14 Mar 2017 (AP Photo)
One of the biggest storms this winter hit the Northeast United States with snow and gusty winds creating blizzard conditions.
Snow shovellers and plows were busy in New York City where 20 cm fell forcing schools to close and disrupting both ground and air transportation.
Boston was blanketed with 15 cm snow and amounts up to 45 cm were recorded elsewhere in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York State.
Washington, DC only received a few centimetres but its near-peak and celebrated cherry blossoms were covered in ice.