Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hard freeze tonight

Heavy snow on the Burgeo Highway, Newfoundland on Wednesday (
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Temperatures will drop well below freezing in southern Quebec and eastern Ontario tonight bringing and end to the growing season. We have already had frost in most locations but tonight the region will see widespread temperatures in the -3 to -5C range that will last for several hours. That is the bad news, the good news is that the weather looks dry now right into the weekend. The pattern of late is shifting the storm track well south of our region across southern New England. This morning light snow is falling across the higher elevations of southern New York into southern Vermont and the Berkshires of Massachusetts, and it will slide east off the coast. That storm will move off the east coast and affect Atlantic Canada on Friday. Another potent low is forecast to develop along the middle Atlantic over the weekend and move north with precipitation and wind. It is also expected at this time to remain well south and east of Montreal. So in summary we can expect cloud cover and cool temperatures into the weekend, but little in the way of precipitation. It will be chilly with daytime highs in the plus 5 to 8C range and nighttime lows, as mentioned below freezing to -3C In the city. Halloween looks dry at the moment with cool temperatures.

That snowstorm in Colorado yesterday dumped as much as 40cm (14 inches) of snow in the ski areas with about 15cm (6 inches) in Denver. The heavy wet snow dropped trees on power lines and forced the closure of schools. Meanwhile a powerful storm along the eastern coast of Newfoundland produced damaging winds and heavy snow and rain. The classic coastal storm bombed out rapidly producing heavy precipitation and strong winds. Winds gusted between 70 and 110km/h in places like Gander, Burgeo and Twillingate. Snow also blanketed many parts of the province including Gander. Waves and surge caused damage in some coastal communities. Winds remain strong in Newfoundland today, and wind warnings have been posted for many portions of the province. Additionally a Winter Storm Watch is now in effect for southeast Newfoundland for the next storm that is expected to approach the area from New England on Friday.

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