Very stormy weekend ahead for Newfoundland and Labrador
Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be anything but a nice weekend across Newfoundland and Labrador.
Snow is expected to creep into western and southern Newfoundland on Friday morning and will spread to the remainder of the island by Friday afternoon.
Across southern and eastern Newfoundland, snow will become mixed with, or change to, rain on Friday afternoon.
By Friday night, the main low moves offshore but very strong winds and snow squalls are expected across the west coast, south coast, and the Avalon Peninsula. The snow squalls will cease for the south coast and the Avalon Peninsula by Sunday morning but continue across the west coast until the next system arrives on Monday.
Some parts of the west coast and south coast could see over 20 cm of snow. The Avalon and central will range from 5 to 15 cm.
Winds will be the strongest along the west coast where gusts will range from 90 to 120 km/h. The south coast and Avalon will see gusts to about 90 km/h. Winds will gust to 80 km/h in central. The strongest winds will occur on Saturday night.
In Labrador snow will begin on Friday afternoon and persist until Saturday night when conditions clear from west to east. Very strong winds are also expected.
Over 50 cm of snow is expected along the northern coast of Labrador. Snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 cm is expected for the southeast coast and 5 to 15 cm inland.
For inland sections of Labrador wind gusts could reach 90 km/h while along the coast gusts will range from 130 km/h to 150 km/h. The strongest winds will occur on Saturday.
Marine Atlantic anticipates that crossings on Friday and Saturday and Sunday night will be impacted.