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
Trans Canada Highway in Gander, NL, 28 Feb 2018 (NL Transportation & Works)
A late winter storm missed the Maritimes and took aim at Newfoundland instead delivering heavy snow to much of the island on Tuesday.
Schools were closed and many businesses and government offices shut down.
Drivers were urged to avoid the Trans Canada Highway in western Newfoundland as road conditions worsened.
Snow totals as of 11:30 am NT, 28 February:
- Gander 31 cm
- Deer Lake 26 cm
- St. John’s 24 cm
- Stephenville 19 cm
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
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
Heavy snow falling in northeast Moncton, 09 Dec 2017 (Dearing)
A classic snowstorm brought heavy, moisture-laden snow to much of New Brunswick this weekend.
Environment Canada says the heaviest amounts fell in northeast areas of the province with 27 cm at Bathurst and 24 cm at Miscou Island.
Greater Moncton received 15 cm which was exactly what was being forecasted for Southeast New Brunswick.
The same system brought rain and warm temperatures to eastern mainland Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and the island of Newfoundland with a high of 18 C in St. John’s.
Most Canadians know winter, astronomically speaking, begins around 21 December but we know the season actually gets underway weeks before then.
Meteorologists like to package winter into neat three month blocks which is why 01 December marks the start of meteorological winter and 28 February marks the end.
In its three month outlook, Environment Canada expects most of New Brunswick will have above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.
A large swath of the Arctic will likely be warmer than usual while Ontario and the southern Prairies will have higher amounts of rain and snow compared to normal.
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers report snow falling in Labrador West, NL, 31 Aug 2017 (Twitter)
Astronomical summer may be officially over but no one expects to see snow at the start of September after a cold front pushed Arctic air southward across Eastern Canada.
With temperatures near freezing, several centimetres of snow fell in northeastern Quebec and Labrador West overnight and drivers say the roads quickly became slushy and slippery.
Greater Moncton felt autumn-like with strong gusty winds under a mostly cloudy sky and temperatures struggled to reach the high teens Celsius.
The Weather Network has released its summer 2017 forecast covering June, July and August.
A changeable summer is expected across Atlantic Canada with extended periods of above seasonal and below seasonal weather.
The southern Maritimes which includes Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick and possibly into southern Newfoundland have the best chance of seeing temperatures tip to the warm side of normal.
Meanwhile, cooler than normal temperatures are expected to be more persistent across eastern Labrador and northern Newfoundland.
Near normal rainfall is expected this summer except for western and northern New Brunswick.
There is the potential for a couple of systems to tap into subtropical or tropical moisture and bring above normal rainfall to parts of the region.
Heavy snow in Cartwright, Labrador, NL, 21 May 2017 (Twitter)
The Victoria Day long weekend is considered the unofficial start to summer in most of Canada but not Newfoundland and Labrador this year.
More than 50 cm of snow fell in southeastern Labrador and between 20 and 30 cm was recorded in western Newfoundland and the Northern Peninsula.
Campers in Gros Morne National Park had fires one evening and then woke up to white the next morning.
St. John’s also picked up about 4 cm of snow which was the snowiest May long weekend since 1991.
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.
Aftermath of Blizzard 2017 in Fredericton, 14 Feb 2017 (Facebook)
A monster blizzard packing winds of more than 100 km/h and dumping upwards of 80 cm of snow over the Maritimes has moved into Newfoundland.
Greater Moncton recorded about 40 cm of snow and had a peak wind gust of almost 70 km/h.
The Fredericton area received the most snow from this storm with about 80 cm while Grand Etang on Cape Breton Island had a peak wind gust of almost 150 km/h.
Emergency management officials closed highways to police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances only.
Blizzard conditions persisted for at least 15 hours in some areas.
Other snowfall totals:
Halifax Stanfield Airport 54 cm
Greenwood, NS 61 cm
Charlottetown 40 cm
Saint John Airport 39 cm