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Snow lovers are in luck again on Valentine’s Day, with a multi-day storm starting Wednesday

Snow lovers are in luck again on Valentine’s Day, with a multi-day storm starting Wednesday
Snow lovers are in luck again on Valentine’s Day, with a multi-day storm starting Wednesday

A stormy morning in downtown St. John’s. A snowstorm is expected Tuesday through Wednesday, bringing up to two feet of snow.

The snow is expected to be heaviest on Wednesday, gradually tapering off by Friday morning. (Philippe Grenier/Radio-Canada)

For those living on the east coast of Newfoundland, it’s a good idea to spend Valentine’s Day in the company of a snowman and a trusty shovel.

According to CBC meteorologist Ashley Brauweiler, this isn’t the first time St. John’s has experienced its third winter storm during the holidays this year.

“It looks like Valentine’s Day storms are happening,” Brauweiler said in a Facebook post, adding that since 1982, there have been eight major storms in St. John’s on Feb. 14, though not all of them were blizzards.

This year, snow is definitely on the way, she says. A days-long storm is expected to bring 12 to 20 inches of snow over several days to eastern and northeastern Newfoundland, including the northern Avalon Peninsula, according to Environment Canada.

The heaviest snow is expected on Wednesday, with snowfall tapering off on Friday morning.

Since 1982, there have been eight major storms in St. John’s on Feb. 14, but not all of them were blizzards, says CBC meteorologist Ashley Brauweiler.

According to CBC meteorologist Ashley Brauweiler, there have been eight major storms in St. John’s on Feb. 14 since 1982, although not all of them were blizzards. (Ashley Brauweiler/CBC)

Brauweiler expects snow to continue into the early hours of Wednesday morning, around 3 to 4 a.m. Winds will increase in the morning, with gusts of 50 to 70 km/h.

The wind is accompanied by a snowfall of 2 to 4 centimeters per hour. “That is quite heavy snowfall,” says Brauweiler.

Visibility will be limited all day Wednesday due to snowfall. There will be some relief from the strong winds on Thursday, but snow will continue all day.

Instead of fluffy, light snow, it will likely be on the thick side, Brauweiler says. That’s good for building a snowman, but might be a little trickier to shovel.

Whether snow changes to rain at any point depends on changes in the weather system, Brauweiler says. Environment Canada says on its website that, as is typical for all northeasters, small changes in the weather system can alter the forecast.

According to Environment Canada, similar storms in the past have led to poor driving conditions, closed schools and disruptions to public services.

Winter storm warnings extend from the Avalon Peninsula to Gander, Bonavista and up to the Burin Peninsula, Brauweiler said. Winter storm warnings are also in effect for the Green Bay and White Bay areas, up to Grand Falls-Windsor, the Bay of Exploits and Connaigre.

According to Environment Canada, a storm surge warning is also in effect from Cape Spear to Deadman’s Bay. High tides and waves of 5 to 7 metres are expected on Wednesday evening, which could affect vulnerable parts of the coastline.

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