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Rain, wind and snow on the way for Newfoundland and Labrador on Wednesday

Environment Canada has weather warnings in place for much of Newfoundland and Labrador on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Environment Canada has weather warnings in place for much of Newfoundland and Labrador on Wednesday, Jan. 23. - Environment Canada

Wednesday will be wet and wildly windy for much of the island of Newfoundland.

Environment Canada has issued wind and/or rain warnings for several areas.

Rainfall and wind warnings are in place for Bay St. George, Burgeo-Ramea the Burin Peninsula, Connaigre, Gros Morne, Parson’s Pond-Hawke’s Bay, and Channel-Port aux Basques and vicinity, which also has a Wreckhouse wind warning.

Wind warnings are in effect for the Avalon Peninsula, Bonavista Peninsula, Bonavista North, Bay of Exploits, Gander and vicinity, Grand Falls-Windsor and vicinity, Clarenville and vicinity, and Terra Nova.

As well, a winter storm warning has been issued for the eastern side of the Northern Peninsula and a special weather statement for Deer Lake-Humber Valley.

In Labrador, winter storm warnings are in effect for Cartwright to Black Tickle, Churchill Falls and vicinity, Churchill Valley, Eagle River, Labrador City and Wabush, Norman Bay to Lodge Bay, Upper Lake Melville, Port Saunders and the Straits, Red Bay to L’Anse au Clair, and Rigolet and vicinity.

Hopedale and vicinity, Nain and vicinity and Postville-Makkovik are under blizzard warnings.

The provincial government issued a news release on Tuesday afternoon advising areas on the west coast to be particularly aware of the impending weather, in light of the recent flooding there, as any amount of rainfall could increase water levels and snow melt.

“Soil may be loosened and riverbanks and coastal areas may be at risk of increased instability,” the release stated.

Western Newfoundland highways damaged by the Jan. 13 rain storm have been repaired and marked with signs warning motorists to slow down, it added.

“Motorists are reminded to obey signs and continue to drive cautiously in these areas as additional runoff and melting frost and snow could impact road shoulders and expose uneven pavement, leading to unsafe driving conditions,” the release stated.

More specific details of the weather warnings for each area is available at https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=nl.

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