Two Weeks After It Snowed, Parts of Newfoundland Will Be Impacted by Former Hurricane Chris

Brian Donegan
Published: July 12, 2018

It's been just over two weeks since residents of Newfoundland, Canada, woke up to accumulating snow and biting cold winds on June 26, but former Hurricane Chris will bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the province on Thursday.

Chris will brush by southeastern Newfoundland on Thursday as a strong post-tropical storm, the Canadian Hurricane Centre (CHC) said in a statement early Thursday.

Newfoundland is a part of Canada's easternmost province in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean.

Projected Path

Chris is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches (25 to 75 millimeters) over Newfoundland, with isolated maximum totals up to 6 inches (150 millimeters). Winds could also be gusty at times, possibly leading to scattered power outages or downed tree limbs.

The worst winds are expected to be on southeastern Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula, where the CHC said wind gusts up to 60 mph (100 kph) are possible. Newfoundland's largest city, St. John's, is located on the Avalon Peninsula.

This is quite the contrast from the snowy, cold conditions during the last week of June in parts of Newfoundland.

Gander reported light snow and a wind chill of 20 degrees Fahrenheit in the hours after sunrise June 26. The average high temperature in this city of nearly 12,000 people is in the 60s during June and near 70 degrees in July.

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Photos and videos from Gander and other parts of Newfoundland on June 26 showed the snow accumulating not only on grassy areas, but also on roads.

This occurred during the final week of school in Newfoundland, yet kids and school buses had to trudge through winterlike weather conditions instead of the summer sun.

Newfoundland's Transportation and Works Department had plows removing snow from roads in west-central and central Newfoundland.

Snow coated the top portion of ski slopes at Newfoundland's Marble Mountain Ski Resort.

The snow was caused by a pocket of cold air wrapping into a strong low-pressure system off the coast of Newfoundland. That area of low pressure also brought gusty winds to Newfoundland, resulting in subfreezing wind chills.

Snow in Newfoundland on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
(John Jack Lushman/Facebook)

Snow is not unheard of in Newfoundland during June. Gander, for example, averages between a half-inch to an inch of snow during the month, according to 1981-2010 climatology from Environment Canada. The most snow it has received on a June calendar day was about 8.5 inches on June 7, 1974.

However, accumulating snow that late in June is rare for Gander. The latest-in-the-season measurable snow in Gander was on June 30, 1995, when just under a tenth of an inch was recorded.

Measurable snow has not been recorded in the city during July, according to data from Environment Canada.

The June 26 snow was the second snowfall in Newfoundland during June. Another storm affected the area with snow in early June.

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