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Storm drops 50 centimetres of snow, packs 160km/h winds

As the storm continues to push east, dumping its snow on Newfoundland today, we’re starting to get a better idea of just how bad the storm was here.

Meteorologist Richard Zurawski has broken out the measuring stick, but he says because of the strong winds, it’s hard to know exactly how much snow fell.

“At Stanfield International Airport the total, between the two days because we did get a significant snowfall on Sunday, the totals came in just under 35 centimetres but it’s probably quite a bit more because of course the wind will clear large swaths of area off,” he explains.

Other areas of the province saw upwards of 50 centimetres of snow, but Richard says the wind is what sticks out.

“We recorded some unbelievable winds,” he says. “Digby through Yarmouth had wins between 140 and 161km/h.”

He adds it was one of those storms that only comes along once every three years or so.

“We had one low pressure system coming from the Great Lakes and we had another low pressure system moving up the eastern seaboard,” he explains. “Once they amalgamated they formed a fairly large, slow moving system and that was the key.”

The whacky weather doesn’t stop here.

Highs of 8 degrees and rain are forecast over the next 36 hours which could mean localized flooding.

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