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Thursday December 12, 2013 6:39 
Good morning:

When Environment Canada said Wednesday a frigid westerly flow associated with a deepening low pressure system east of the Labrador Sea would be crossing the island, it meant it.

It's now -9 Celsius in St. John's, with an expected high today of -6.

And, it looks like the cold weather will stick around for another few days.

Here's a look at the Environment Canada weather graphic for St. John's and vicinity and the more detailed text version of the forecast.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:00 
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:00 
Today, 12 December
Becoming cloudy this morning with 60 percent chance of flurries. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 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.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:01 
That low pressure system I mentioned is also causing intermittent snow squalls for the west and south coasts and parts of the Avalon, which Environment Canada says will likely continue off and on into Friday.

Here's an Environment Canada graphic showing areas of the province in yellow where these snow squalls are expected.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:02 
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:03 
The live webcam view at St. John's International Airport this morning.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:04 
All flights are on time this morning at St. John's International Airport.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:04 
On the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service this morning, the MV Flanders is operating solo again.
The MV Norcon Galatea is out of service again because of mechanical problems.

The provincial government has been subjected to a lot of criticism for leasing the Galatea, the former Hamilton Sound, which it previously owned and sold.
And, in the short time that it's been added to the Bell Island-Portugal Cove run, it seems to be out of service a lot, either because of high winds or mechanical issues. I can hear the critics now saying, I told you so.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:08 
There are quite a few announcements in the NL English School District's daily report.

Here they are:

Fatima Academy
School Closed for the morning, further announcement at 10:30 a.m.

John Burke High School
School Closed for the morning, further announcement at 10:30 a.m.
Lake Academy
School Closed for the morning, further announcement at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Name of Mary Academy
School Closed for the morning, further announcement at 10:30 a.m.

A. P. Low Primary
School Closed for the morning, further announcement at 11:00 a.m.

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

Donald C. Jamieson Academy
School Closed for the morning, further announcement at 10:30 a.m.
Marystown Central High
School Closed for the morning, further announcement at 10:30 a.m.
Pearce Junior High
School Closed for the morning, further announcement at 10:30 a.m.
Sacred Heart Academy
School closed all day for teacher PD

St. James Regional High
School closed all day for teacher PD

St. Lawrence Academy
School Closed for the morning, further announcement at 11:00 a.m.

Stella Maris Academy
Delayed opening for one hour
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:13 
Here are some traffic Tweets posted this morning.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:14 
Roads good TCH west to Long Hr. But snow covered ? Ice near Rod & Gun club in passing lane. #nltraffic #nlwx
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:14 Wayne Lannon
#nltraffic it's a cool drive this morning Deer Lake to Grand Falls -10 to -18 roads good lite traffic.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:14 Stanley Reid
#nltraffic It's that cold, the sun got mittens on.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:14 Nods&Winks
Just got me first ticket of the year! Tried my luck and failed. Snowing or not, these fellas don't fuss around! @mount_pearl #nltraffic
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:15 Crooked Newfie
Snow squall watches issued for the southern Avalon; continued for Burin Peninsula and west coast:… #nlwx #nltraffic
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:15 Brian Walsh
Strong snow squalls over the southern Avalon (Branch, St. Brides, Trepassey):… #nlwx #nltraffic
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:15 Brian Walsh
Moderate-heavy snow squalls this morning along the S. Avalon pushing over St. Mary's Bay & SW Avalon #nlwx #nltraffic
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:15 Kelly Butt
Snow Squall Watch expanded to S. Avalon. Con'd for Burin & W. Nfld fromm PAB to Gros Morne.… #nlwx #nltraffic
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:16 Kelly Butt
Last night, I attended the ninth annual service of remembrance, organized by Barrett's Funeral Home in memory of all those it has provided services for in the past year.

While it was an emotional event for everyone in attendance, it was also uplifting and encouraging.

There were representatives of all major denominations involved in the event.

Anglican Rev. John Courage offered his own personal perspective about losing his own mother in August of this year.

He spoke of losing his father and now his mother too, but encouraged everyone who has lost a loved one to try to go on living and enjoy Christmas, to remember their loved ones during the holidays, but not focus solely on the loss.

This event is something Barrett's has been doing to give back to families and help ease the grief felt during the Christmas season.

Ed Avery, funeral director and manager, says it has received an overwhelming response. It was certainly well attended last night at Mary Queen of the World Church on Topsail Road in St. John's.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:26 
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:29 Deana StokesSullivan
Canada Post workers in this province are reacting to the news this week that their employer plans to eliminate thousands of jobs by phasing out door-to-door mail delivery.

Here's a link to the story in today's Telegram.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:30 
Canada Post to eliminate thousands of jobs. Local mail carriers react.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:30 The Telegram
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:31 
Barb Sweet has interviewed MHA Tom Osborne about ongoing concerns about the high fees charged by payday loan companies.

Here's a link to that story.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:32 
MHA says there's no protection from payday loan fees. Barb Sweet's story can be read at
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:32 The Telegram
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:33 
Bonnie Belec has another story in today's Telegram about depression. A woman she interviewed says she lost her husband to depression long before his death.

Here's a link to Bonnie's story.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:34 
Lost to depression.Woman says her spouse took his life after a long battle. Bonnie Belec's story is at
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:34 The Telegram
In news from overnight police reports, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating what appears to be a case of animal neglect.
Seven dogs alone in a Conception Bay South home have been removed and charges are expected.

Here's a link to that story.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:35 
Seven dogs removed from CBS home. Charges expected to be laid.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:35 The Telegram
Bonavista RCMP searched a home in the community of Melrose and dismantled a marijuana grow-op.

More on that can be read at the link below.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:36 
Bonavista RCMP dismantle marijuana grow-op
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:36 The Telegram
It seems there are car crashes every day in St. John's. The Telegram's Joe Gibbons took this photo Wednesday on Topsail Road.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:41 
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:41 
The price of gas and all fuels are up again today in the province.

Here's the latest from the NL Petroleum Pricing Office:

• all types of gasoline motor fuel will increase by up to 0.9 cents per litre (cpl);
• diesel motor fuel will increase by up to 0.3 cpl;
• furnace oil heating fuel will increase by 0.16 cpl;
• stove oil heating fuel will increase by 0.12 cpl; and,
• propane heating fuel will increase by 2.2 cpl.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:45 
Here's the gas graphic in today's Telegram
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:46 
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:46 
And, if you want to compare gas prices, here's a table from the province's petroleum pricing office of maximum prices through Newfoundland and Labrador.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:47 
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:47 
Kevin Tobin's cartoon in today's Telegram depicts some of the cynicism in Newfoundland and Labrador about government promises.

Big resource announcements in the province never seem to benefit most residents, especially when the cost to live here is constantly increasing.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:54 
Kevin Tobin's cartoon in today's Telegram
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:54 Deana StokesSullivan
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is continuing roadside checks for impaired driving. Photographer Keith Gosse took this photo in Topsail Wednesday.
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:57 
Thursday December 12, 2013 7:57 
Razzle-dazzle. Today's Telegram editorial comments on "over-the-top hyperbole" in the Muskrat Falls announcement.
Thursday December 12, 2013 8:01 Deana StokesSullivan
I'm almost tempted to say something after my Tweet about today's editorial about my confidence in the same government taking on a $5-billion loan that recently leased a ferry that it previously sold, that's been out of service more than in service since it came back to Newfoundland, but, I'll suppress my skepticism.

Maybe, there's some financial benefit that I'm not educated enough in hyperbole to see.
Thursday December 12, 2013 8:10 
My blogging colleagues in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia are online and it looks like the Canada Post decision is a topic of discussion in our neighbouring provinces.
Thursday December 12, 2013 8:12 
Here's a link to a story about the planned cuts at Canada Post in The Journal Pioneer in Summerside, P.E.I.
Thursday December 12, 2013 8:18 
@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn Good morning. Mail delivery, Can Post job cuts is a concern here
Thursday December 12, 2013 8:19 Deana StokesSullivan
@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn Good morning, definitely the big news in all our regions, I'm sure.
Thursday December 12, 2013 8:19 Colin Roger MacLean
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