Potential for storm surges as more bad weather approaches N.L.

Published on February 9, 2017

Environment Canada has freezing rain, wind, storm surge and blizzard warnings in effect for various areas of the province tonight and into Friday.

Fire and Emergency Services (FES) Newfoundland and Labrador is contacting coastal communities in the province to be on alert for potential storm surge activity on Friday.

A news release this afternoon from the Department of Municipal Affairs stated FES officials are monitoring Environment Canada forecast information on a deep low-pressure system that will bring a mix of precipitation and strong winds tonight and tomorrow.

Strong southwesterly winds combined with low atmospheric pressure is forecast to create large waves and a storm surge of up to 70 centimetres along the south coast from the eastern side of the Burin Peninsula to Channel-Port-aux Basques.

Residents should be cautious around coastlines and waterways as the system will coincide with high tides on Friday morning in these areas, FES warns.

An extended period of freezing rain associated with this system is forecast to begin later tonight for the southern Avalon and spread over the entire Avalon Peninsula, Clarenville and Terra Nova areas, the Burin and Bonavista peninsulas, Connaigre and the Burgeo-Ramea areas.

The freezing rain is forecast to taper off or transition to rain later Friday morning.

Strong winds associated with this system are forecast to begin later tonight and continue into Friday. Wind gusts between 100 and 130 kilometres per hour are forecast.

Blizzard conditions are forecast for areas of the south coast of Labrador from Eagle River south through to L’anse-au-Clair. Forecasts indicate 20 to 30 centimetres of snow with strong winds starting later tonight and continuing into Friday night.

FES is advising municipalities to ensure infrastructure such as roads, ditches and drains are clear of debris, and appropriate provisions are made for the delivery of services in the event the weather worse than anticipated.