Snowfall warning for St. John's, southwest Avalon

Deana Stokes Sullivan
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Schools in St. John's area remained closed for the day

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for today for St. John’s and the southwest region of the Avalon Peninsula.

Schools under the St. John's Metro Region school system are remaining closed for the rest of the day.

For status on all schools under the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, CLICK HERE.

According to the weather office, a low pressure system south of Nova Scotia will bring the wintry weather. Snow at times heavy associated with this system will begin over the Avalon early this morning and become mixed with ice pellets this afternoon.

Total snowfall accumulation near 15 centimetres is expected before the snow tapers off tonight.

Second storm headed for Newfoundland Wednesday

A special weather statement has also been issued for Newfoundland, related to another storm system beginning Wednesday afternoon and continuing into Thursday.

Environment Canada describes this system as a “major winter storm” and says very strong winds and significant snowfall are expected with this system. However, precipitation is likely to change to rain over much of the island through Wednesday night as temperatures rise above freezing.

The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.

Schools affected by impending weather

Schools in the St. John's-metro region and Bell Island are closed this morning, with an update at 10:30 a.m.

Many schools on the Avalon are also closed this morning, with updates at 10:30 a.m.

All N.L. English School District updates can be found online at https://www.nlesd.ca/statuscentral/statuscentral.jsp

 

 

 

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland, St. John's, Nova Scotia

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  • Really?
    March 24, 2014 - 10:09

    I have no idea why the schools have been closed today. The amount of time lost for children is outrageous and it should be mandatory for this time to be made up. It is not right, teachers/school board gets off with things so easily. Should be ashamed. It is no wonder why the children in this province are so far behind academically compared to children across the country. Not only the time being missed for the children, but the parents who have to take all this time off work. I know personally I work with people who don't have famiy support in town, like myself, and everytime the schools are closed they are missing work and having to take vacation time. And unlike the teachers, have to catch up on work they have been missing. I think it is outrageous for the schools and am so very mad. Oh and I guarantee the schools will be closed again Wednesday and Thursday for the storm that is supposed to be coming. RIDICULOUS!

  • Why
    March 24, 2014 - 08:59

    I don't understand closing the schools. It's not bad out. Parents have to take time off work, or if the kids are old enough to stay home but parents drive the kids to school, now they may have to leave work to drive them if the schools reopen. Not everybody can leave work. I agree with closing for a storm but 15 cm is not a storm!!! It's lovely out.

    • Lilly
      March 24, 2014 - 09:54

      I agree 100% its just a bit of fluff with no wind. Leave the school open and let the parents decide if they want their child going to school in the snow.

    • Really?
      March 24, 2014 - 10:11

      I totally agree. I think the school board should be ashamed. It is outrageous. I know when I was going to school the schools never closed. And if they did you couldn't see across the street!!!!!! Not surprised though. Teachers get off easy with everything!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Really?
      March 24, 2014 - 10:13

      I totally agree. I think the school board should be ashamed. It is outrageous. I know when I was going to school the schools never closed. And if they did you couldn't see across the street!!!!!! Not surprised though. Teachers get off easy with everything!!!!!!!!!!!!