UPDATE: Calm after the storm

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It's a calm morning in St. John's after another winter storm Wednesday.

Environment Canada says 19 cm of snow fell in St. John's as the storm moved over the Avalon region.

Accumulations recorded at unmanned observation sites were: Winterland 18 cm; St. Lawrence 18 cm; Argentia 13 cm; Bonavista 10 cm; Terra Nova 10 cm.

It's currently about -10 Celsius in St. John's-metro. The forecast for today calls for a mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of flurries and winds west 20 km/h increasing to 50 and gusting to 70 near noon.

The high temperature is expected to be around -5 Celsius. Tonight, partly cloudy conditions are in the forecast and  wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50, with a low of -9.

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(Earlier story Jan. 29, 2014)

Snow started in St. John’s area, snowfall warning in effect

Environment Canada says the St. John’s region is expected to get about 10 cm of snow this afternoon, with a high temperaure of - 6 C.

Tonight, snow will continue — at times heavy and up to 15 cm — changing to a few flurries after midnight.

A total snowfall of 25 cm or more expected with the system.

A number of events are being cancelled this afternoon and tonight due to the weather conditions.

Blowing snow is expected over exposed areas late this evening and after midnight. Wind east 20 km/h becoming northeast 30 gusting to 50 this evening, then northwest 20 gusting to 40 overnight. Low minus 7.

A low pressure system south of Nova Scotia will deepen as it moves southeast of the Avalon Peninsula this evening.

Snow over the south coast of the province began this morning and was to spread northward this afternoon with the heaviest snow expected later this afternoon into this evening.

Current indications continue to suggest accumulations of 15 to 30 centimetres can be expected in some areas by the time the snow tapers off overnight, with the highest amounts occurring over southeastern portions of the Avalon Peninsula.

Additionally, winds will strengthen over the southeastern Avalon this evening with gusts reaching 80 km/h in the Cape Race area.

This combined with freshly fallen snow will generate blowing snow giving poor visibilities.

Due to the pending weather conditions, a number of cancellations have been announced. Add your event to the list: email news@thetelegram.com.

Event listings:

• Due to deteriorating road conditions in the region, Carbonear CNA campus will be closing at 2:30 p.m. today.

• The School of Nursing’s annual crest ceremony for first-year students has been postponed for this evening Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the main auditorium of the Health Sciences Centre.

• Anthony Paddon Elementary School in Musgravetown and Heritage Collegiate in Lethbridge will close at 1 pm. The morning kindergarten students will be dismissed at this time, as well.

• Eastern Health advises the public that the following influenza vaccination clinics scheduled for today are cancelled due to potential adverse weather: Bay Roberts - Bay Roberts Lion’s Club; St. Lawrence - Community Health Office; and St. John’s - Major’s Path.

The influenza vaccine clinics for Placentia and St. Lawrence will now take place on Friday at following location and times: Placentia -  Community Health Office, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (by appointment: 709-227-3641), and St. Lawrence - Community Health Office, noon to 6 p.m.

The Bay Roberts clinic will be rescheduled for a later date and Eastern Health will advise the public of the new clinic time as that information becomes available. The next clinic in St John’s will be at Mount Pearl Square (rear mall entrance) on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• The RNC is warning motorists that, with today’s snowstorm, driving conditions could rapidly change, creating dangerous hazards and challenges for drivers.

- The RNC is reminding motorists to check weather and road reports before they venture out, and avoid unnecessary travel.

- Travel below the posted limit and leave ample space between vehicles.

- Check the current weather conditions and the forecast and monitor the media for weather and road conditions.

- Dress for winter even though you will be in your car. Then you will be prepared if you become stranded.

-Carry a cell phone to contact emergency services if you experience trouble.

-Carry a survival kit in your vehicle. Recommended items include a shovel, salt, blanket, booster cables, flashlight, high energy foods, matches and a candle.

- Ensure your vehicle is mechanically safe and sound.

- Fill up your windshield fluid and make sure it's working properly.

• The Rooms is closing today at 5 p.m. Tonight's lecture at The Rooms by Dr. Sean Cadigan, Death on Two Fronts, has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 7 p.m.

• The following prenatal classes at the Health Sciences Centre are cancelled tonight due to adverse weather conditions: Drop-in prenatal breastfeeding class scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and Prenatal labour and birth class scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

Patients and clients throughout the region can assume that services, clinics, surgeries and appointments will go ahead as previously scheduled, unless otherwise notified.

Emergency services continue to be available at all sites.

For emergency updates pertaining to Eastern Health’s facilities or its operations, visit the Storm Watch section on Eastern Health’s website at www.easternhealth.ca.

• Due to the forecasted weather conditions for the evening, 905 Viking Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Paradise will be cancelling regular training for tonight. Parents and families are asked to drive safe and avoid unnecessary travel tonight.

• St. John’s campus of Memorial University, including the Marine Institute, closing at 6 p.m. Classes at or after 6 p.m. have been cancelled.

• Folk Arts Society says that due to current snowfall warnings, Folk Night will be cancelled tonight.

• Due to road and weather conditions, GoBus Accessible Transit is experiencing

delays.

Organizations: Environment Canada, Health Office, School of Nursing Health Sciences Centre. Anthony Paddon Elementary School

Geographic location: Avalon, Nova Scotia, Bay Roberts Placentia Cape Race Musgravetown Lethbridge

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