The first severe winter storm of the year is expected to hit Newfoundland Thursday.
Meteorologist Brett Anderson, who writes a blog on Canadian weather for AccuWeather, says a clipper system over Manitoba will race eastward and reform over Nova Scotia early Thursday, then rapidly intensify the rest of Thursday as it tracks just south of Newfoundland.
The system is expected to bring heavy snow, strong winds and possible blizzard conditions to parts of southern Newfoundland Thursday afternoon through early Friday.
Anderson says there's a potential for 30 cms of snow in St. John's area with this storm.
However, a slight northward deviation in the track could bring a mix of rain and snow into the St. John's area, reducing the snow accumulation.
"As the storm winds down Friday afternoon, the cold air that was in place ahead of the storm will be routed out of the region, so that any leftover precipitation Friday evening and night may end up in the liquid form for all of southeastern Newfoundland," says Anderson.
His blog can be found online at http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/anderson/newfoundland-snowstorm-and-other-thoughts/3786563.