While Canadians in many parts of the country are enjoying spring weather, residents in Newfoundland are being hit with one of the worst storms of the winter.
Environment Canada issued storm warningsWednesday, for parts of the east coast of Newfoundland, including Avalon Peninsula, Bay of Exploits, Bonavista Peninsula, Gander, St. John’s and Terra Nova.
The weather agency forecasts strong northerly winds, and snowfall accumulations ranging from 25 to 35 cm in some inland regions, with lesser amounts along the coast.
NTV meteorologist Eddie Sheerr said winds are gusting up to 106 km/h at the St. John’s airport, as the storm works its way westward.
“It’s terrible here today,” he said, as wind and snow blew past him. “We haven’t really seen anything like this at all this winter. This is one of the worst storms we’ve seen yet.”
Sheerr said the snow will continue falling through the night, but milder temperatures and rain showers forecast for later this week may help melt away the white stuff.
“Hopefully, this will be the last one. Because if I have to go back on TV and forecast more snow, I may have a lot of angry viewers on my hands,” Sheerr said.
Meanwhile, Calgarians broke out their summer clothes on Tuesday, when the city beat a 106-year-old temperature record as thermometers measured a high of 27.1 C. The previous record for April 19 was set in 1910, when the mercury reached 26.7 C.
Across the city, residents took to parks to bask in the sun.
“I saw the weather today and I knew it was going to be a shorts day,” Patrick told CTV Calgary. “When the boys said we should get some Frisbees, it was a no-brainer.”
Local Calgary resident Andrea said she couldn’t believe the heat considering it was still April.
“It’s unheard of to be this warm this early,” she said. “It’s only April, so we’re pretty excited about that.”
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