Storm slams Newfoundland, Ontario preps for snow dump

Heejung Kim clears the snow from a parking lot at the corner of Josephine St. and Pelham Rd. on...

Heejung Kim clears the snow from a parking lot at the corner of Josephine St. and Pelham Rd. on Thursday, January 2, 2014. 2014 began with a dumping of snow that left the city digging itself as the snow continued to fall throughout the day. (Julie Jocsak/ QMI Agency file photo)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:53 PM ET

Winds gusting up to 110 km/h, blowing snow and wind chills values between -45C and -50C are predicted for most of Newfoundland and Labrador this weekend.

And that spells no relief for islanders who do not have power or are experiencing rotating electricity blackouts.

On Saturday morning, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro reported that St. John's, Gander, Corner Brook, Grand Falls, Conception Bay North and several other regions were without power and estimated it would be restored in the afternoon. It urged residents and businesses to avoid unnecessary electricity usage and reduce consumption as much as possible over the weekend.

"A powerful low pressure system which brought more than 35 cm of snow to eastern Newfoundland overnight is continuing to intensify as it moves east of the Grand Banks this morning," Environment Canada said on its site Saturday morning. "A cold west to northwesterly flow of Arctic air will prevail in its wake."

The agency said that western Newfoundland would experience "frequent onshore flurries and local snow squalls, combined with strong northwesterly winds gusting up to 90 km/h," resulting in blowing snow throughout Saturday with visibility at times reduced to zero.

It also issued an extreme wind chill warning for Moncton and southeast New Brunswick.

Southern Ontario's respite from bitterly cold temperatures was expected to end Sunday as Environment Canada forecasted a winter storm bringing heavy snow would arrive Sunday. "Current indications suggest that many places will see snowfall amounts of 15 to 20 cm," it said on its site.

The agency said it would be "windy and sharply colder again Monday with blowing snow and lake effect snowsqualls."

Heavy snow and blizzard conditions were forecast for much of the Prairies, and Albertans were advised to prepare to deal with wind chills that ranged from -25C to -35C.


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