First storm of 2020

Heavy snow in St. John’s, NL, 06 Jan 2020 (Twitter/@kelseyhowlett93)

Just days into the new year, a low pressure system has brought mostly snow to Atlantic Canada especially near the ocean.

For most of Nova Scotia, it was winter’s first major snowfall with up to 15 cm at Halifax Stanfield Airport and nearly 40 cm in Sydney.

The storm grazed Greater Moncton with only 3 cm of snow.

After leaving the Maritimes, the system brought 42 cm snow to St. John’s, Newfoundland and 30 cm to the Burin Peninsula with a peak wind gust of 106 km/h in Bonavista.

Meantime, forecasters say another low pressure system is coming midweek.

Chris heads for Avalon Peninsula

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Chris near Newfoundland, 19:30 ADT (courtesy Earth Nullhouse Net)

Chris is now a post-tropical storm with sustained winds of 110 km/h and is expected to make landfall in eastern Newfoundland near Cape St. Mary’s tonight.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says strong winds combined with low pressure will create large waves and pounding surf giving the risk of coastal flooding along the southern Burin and Avalon Peninsulas.

Besides a wind warning, a rainfall warning has been issued with possible amounts of 50 mm or more and 20 mm an hour in the heaviest showers.

The remnants of Chris will drift away into the North Atlantic by early Friday morning.

Leslie lashes Newfoundland

Trees uprooted in St. John’s, NL, 11 Sept 2012 (CP photo)

Post-tropical storm Leslie touched down in Newfoundland today with hurricane-force winds on the province’s east coast and drenching rains in the west.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the centre of the storm made landfall in Fortune on the Burin Peninsula at around 8:30 am local time.

The potent storm buffeted areas around St. John’s with winds gusting up to 131 kilometres an hour, causing damage to roofs, roads and widespread power outages.

Waves reached 10 metres at an offshore buoy.

Schools were closed, many government offices shut down and airports cancelled flights.