Public Advisory: Adverse Weather Conditions Anticipated  

  • Municipal Affairs and Environment
  • Transportation and Works

7 February 2020

The Provincial Government continues to monitor forecast information on the weather system currently affecting areas of the province and lasting until tomorrow (Saturday, February 8).

Snowfall, freezing rain, wind and storm surge warnings have been issued for parts of the province. An extended period of freezing rain will occur for areas of the island today until late tonight. Higher than normal water levels due to a combination of storm surge, high waves, and pounding surf are expected along the south coast during high tide early Saturday morning. Please follow the latest weather forecast warnings for your region of the province here.

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment’s Emergency Services Division held a call with emergency partners and towns again today to coordinate emergency preparations and ensure that appropriate provisions are made for the delivery of services. Municipalities have been asked to review their emergency management plans.

Residents and communities are asked to use caution and to take measures to ensure personal safety. Be prepared for at least 72 hours with a basic emergency kit with food, water, batteries, a portable radio, and prescription medications. Information regarding emergency preparedness is available at www.getprepared.gc.ca. Please check on your neighbours, particularly those who are vulnerable or may be in need of assistance in an emergency.

Snow and ice control equipment will be out on the roads, and motorists should monitor local weather and municipal advisories. Check nl511.ca or the NL 511 smartphone app for provincial highway driving condition information and the Provincial Plow Tracker before travelling.

Residents are also encouraged to prepare for the possibility of power outages. Information on power outage safety and preparedness can be found here.

If power outages occur, customers can get information and updates on power restoration directly from their distribution utility:

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Media contacts
Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-5449, 691-9466
lynnrobinson@gov.nl.ca

Brian Scott
Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 725-9201
brianscott@gov.nl.ca

2020 02 07 1:30 pm