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Friday December 13, 2013 6:39 
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Good morning:

It's Friday, the 13th, and there's lots to talk about in the weather today besides the freezing cold temperatures.

It's now -7 Celsius in St. John's, with an expected high today of a just -6.

And, if you like winter weather, here's some more good news.
Environment Canada is forecasting a major winter storm affecting Newfoundland late Sunday and into Monday.

Here's the special weather statement from Environment Canada:

A low pressure system is forecast to move off the East Coast of the United States on Sunday and approach Newfoundland Sunday night. This system brings with it the potential for significant snowfall and strong winds beginning on Sunday and persisting into Monday.

Areas of Eastern Newfoundland could also see a mix with or change over to rain early on Monday. Exact snowfall amounts and the exact location of mixed precipitation is uncertain at this time. Updated bulletins will be issued as new information becomes available.

Environment Canada will continue to monitor the system and determine if weather warnings will be required.

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

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.
Friday December 13, 2013 7:00 
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Above is an Environment Canada map showing in grey the areas of Newfoundland, where a special weather statement has been issued for that winter storm on Sunday into Monday.

The red areas on the island are where warnings have been issued about snow squalls today and into Saturday.

Here's the warning for that:
Snow squalls giving reduced visibilities and significant snowfall accumulations over brief periods are expected to persist into Saturday.

A frigid westerly flow associated with a deep low pressure system east of the Labrador Sea is causing intermittent snow squalls for the west and south coasts. These squalls are expected to continue on and off into Saturday. They will produce near zero visibilities and locally significant snowfall accumulations over brief periods of time. Conditions are expected to gradually improve on Saturday as the low drifts north and begins to weaken.

And, the red area in Labrador is where warnings have been issued for extreme wind chills in Labrador west.

Here's that warning for Labrador west:

Wind chill warning for Labrador City and Wabush continued

Extreme wind chills near minus 49 will persist this morning.

This is a warning that extreme wind chill conditions are occurring in this region. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.

A deep low pressure system east of the Labrador Sea will slowly move northwestward today and Saturday. This low is producing a frigid westerly flow which is causing extreme wind chill values near minus 49 over Western Labrador this morning. Conditions are expected to gradually improve this afternoon as the temperatures begin to rise.
Friday December 13, 2013 7:06 
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Now, for the local St. John's-metro weather, it's going to be colder than normal for this area this time of year (the normal low is -4) for the next few days, but there's sun in the forecast so that's good news.

Here's the weather graphic for St. John's and vicinity and more detailed text version of the forecast from Environment Canada.
Friday December 13, 2013 7:09 
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Friday December 13, 2013 7:09 
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Today, 12 December
Sunny early this afternoon then a mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of flurries this afternoon. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50. Temperature steady near minus 6.

Tonight, 12 December
Partly cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low minus 9.

Friday, 13 December
Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 increasing to 40 gusting to 60 in the evening. High minus 7.

Saturday, 14 December
A mix of sun and cloud. Windy. Low minus 14. High minus 8.

Sunday, 15 December
A mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 9. High minus 5.

Monday, 16 December
Periods of snow. Low minus 6. High minus 1.

Tuesday, 17 December
A mix of sun and cloud. Windy. Low minus 4. High minus 3.

Wednesday, 18 December
Flurries. Low minus 5. High zero.
Friday December 13, 2013 7:09 
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I just Tweeted the mobile link for the blog if you prefer that version on your phone or tablet.

Here's are both links for the live blog or replays.
Friday December 13, 2013 7:11 
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Major winter storm coming to NL Sunday. Complete weather on Telegram live blog at ow.ly/rJm1L Mobile link ow.ly/rJm3P
Friday December 13, 2013 7:11 The Telegram
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The live webcam view at St. John's International Airport this morning.
Friday December 13, 2013 7:12 
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Most flights at St. John's International Airport are on schedule this morning.
A WestJet flight from St. John's to Halifax and Toronto, however, is delayed. The original departure time was 1:45 p.m. and it's now 2:17 p.m.
Friday December 13, 2013 7:15 
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There are two ferries operating on the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service.
The MV Norcon Galatea is back in service after maintenance repairs yesterday, in addition to the MV Flanders.
Friday December 13, 2013 7:22 
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There are quite a few school announcements this morning on the NL English School District website.

BELL ISLAND SCHOOL SYSTEM
St. Augustines Primary
School closed all day for teacher PD

GRAND BANK/FORTUNE SCHOOL SYSTEM
Lake Academy
School closed all day for teacher PD

LABRADOR EAST AREA SCHOOL SYSTEM
Mealy Mountain Collegiate
Delayed opening, further announcement at 10:00 a.m.

LABRADOR WEST AREA SCHOOL SYSTEM
A. P. Low Primary
School Closed for the morning, further announcement at 11:00 a.m.
J.R. Smallwood Middle School
School Closed for the morning, further announcement at 11:00 a.m.
Note: JRS Christmas Concert cancelled this morning. If school is open this afternoon the concert will go ahead as planned at 1:30pm

LAMALINE SCHOOL SYSTEM
St. Joseph's Academy
School Closed for the morning, further announcement at 10:30 a.m.

MCKAY'S SCHOOL SYSTEM
E.A. Butler All Grade
School Closed for the morning, further announcement at 10:30 a.m.

PORT-AUX BASQUE SCHOOL SYSTEM
St. James Regional High
School closed all day for teacher PD


ST. GEORGE'S AREA SCHOOL SYSTEM
Appalachia High School
Delayed opening for 1 hour
Our Lady of Mercy Elementary
Delayed opening for 1 hour
St. Michael's Elementary
Delayed opening for 1 hour


ST. LAWRENCE ACADEMY
St. Lawrence Academy
School Closed for the morning, further announcement at 10:30 a.m.

The website for further updates is
https://www.nlesd.ca/statuscentral/statuscentral.jsp

Friday December 13, 2013 7:27 
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Meteorologist Brian Walsh has posted some Tweets this morning about the weather.
Friday December 13, 2013 7:31 
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Wind chills did drop to -50 this morning in Lab City/Wabush; warning continued for the next few hours for values below -45 #nlwx
Friday December 13, 2013 7:31 Brian Walsh
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Frigid temperatures/wind chills continue across the Island through Saturday; fair skies for most; onshore flurries south/west coasts #nlwx
Friday December 13, 2013 7:31 Brian Walsh
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Sunday looks pretty good for the Island; clouds increase in the aft; snow develops on south coast near sunset; elsewhere in evening #nlwx
Friday December 13, 2013 7:31 Brian Walsh
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Snow develops in Metro early Sunday evening, becoming moderate/heavy by midnight. Snow may mix with rain overnight depending on track #nlwx
Friday December 13, 2013 7:31 Brian Walsh
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It's a cold morning in #Gander Windchill -23. Keep your pets inside! #nlwx pic.twitter.com/vC6Ki7Zlmb
Friday December 13, 2013 7:31 Sonya Tulk
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NEW Record low temperature set this AM for Terra Nova; minimum of -15.9°C, beating old record (-14.5°C in 2007); records since 1995 #nlwx
Friday December 13, 2013 7:32 Brian Walsh
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NEW Record low temperature set this AM for Cape Race; minimum of -16.3°C, smashing old record (-12.8°C in 1927); records since 1920 #nlwx
Friday December 13, 2013 7:32 Brian Walsh
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Friday December 13, 2013 7:39 Deana StokesSullivan
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Josh Pennell has a story on the front page of today's Telegram about oiled birds off Change Islands.
Residents there are worried about a slick from the Manolis L, a paper carrier that went down in 1985 during a storm in an area known as Blow Hard Rock — between Bacalao Island and Change Islands.

Here's a link to the story.
Friday December 13, 2013 7:40 
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Hunters forced to throw away oiled birds. Slick from sunken ship worries residents. Josh Pennell's story is online at ow.ly/rJih6
Friday December 13, 2013 7:40 The Telegram
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Friday December 13, 2013 7:41 
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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary charges a man with two counts of possessing weapons dangerous to the public in a traffic stop early this morning in St. John's.

Here's a link to that story.
Friday December 13, 2013 7:42 
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Weapons charges laid against driver in police traffic stop in St. John's ow.ly/rJj08
Friday December 13, 2013 7:42 The Telegram
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Barb Sweet spoke to some United Kingdom residents about the Royal mail service there, compared to Canada Post.

Here's a link to that story.
Friday December 13, 2013 7:44 
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U.K. resident no more satisfied, despite door-to-door mail guarantee, Barb Sweet's story is at ow.ly/rJiwk ow.ly/i/40MJ7
Friday December 13, 2013 7:44 The Telegram
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Friday December 13, 2013 7:44 
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Brendan McCarthy writes in his column today about the IceCaps defenceman Will O'Neill.

Here's that link.
Friday December 13, 2013 7:45 
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Some pluses for Will O’Neill. Brendan McCarthy's column today is about the IceCaps defenceman ow.ly/rJjeQ
Friday December 13, 2013 7:45 The Telegram
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There's also a story in today's Telegram by Andrew Robinson about the province's citizens' rep helping to settle damages in a ferry terminal accident.

Here's a link to that story.
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Citizens’ representative helped settle ferry terminal accident damages. Andrew Robinson's story is at ow.ly/rJjkM
Friday December 13, 2013 7:47 The Telegram
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Friday December 13, 2013 7:47 
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Here are some more Tweets about road and weather conditions.
Friday December 13, 2013 7:53 
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Safe travels to everyone traveling between #DeerLake and #CornerBrook this morning! Slippery roads and reduced visibility. #tch #nlweather
Friday December 13, 2013 7:53 Adam John Keats
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I think shoveling the driveway was a sufficient way to study for my Geography test on climate tomorrow. #nlweather #winter
Friday December 13, 2013 7:53 Will Chubbs
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-19 in #Whitbourne BRRRRRR! #nlwx LongJohn Weather.
Friday December 13, 2013 7:54 Paula Flood
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Battery in the car is 12 yrs old, started first flick. This day is awesome already. #nlwx
Friday December 13, 2013 7:54 Krista Austin
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Kevin Tobin's editorial cartoon in today's Telegram. pic.twitter.com/vkC4DuBb8B
Friday December 13, 2013 8:06 Deana StokesSullivan
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Colin MacLean is online at The Journal Pioneer in Prince Edward Island.
Friday December 13, 2013 8:12 
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@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn Good morning. What's new in N.S. and P.E.I.?
Friday December 13, 2013 8:12 Deana StokesSullivan
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn Good morning! We had a trailer with potato chemicals on it burn yesterday.
Friday December 13, 2013 8:12 Colin Roger MacLean
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@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn Sounds serious. Josh Pennell has a story today about oil from a sunken ship on birds ow.ly/rJih6
Friday December 13, 2013 8:14 Deana StokesSullivan
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Here's a screen capture of the story Colin mentioned about a trailer containing chemicals on fire in Summerside, P.E.I. and Colin has also Tweeted a link to the online version.
Friday December 13, 2013 8:16 
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