NEWS

First big snowfall of the season hits western Newfoundland

11/15/2014 09:20 EST | Updated 01/15/2015 05:59 EST
Residents on the west coast of Newfoundland woke up to the first significant snowfall of the season on Saturday morning, with some areas remaining under a winter storm warning.

In Deer Lake, Environment Canada reported about 15 centimetres of snowfall as of 8:30 a.m. local time.

Severe weather warnings were in effect for some parts of eastern Newfoundland and the Northern Peninsula.

An Environment Canada warning posted after 5 a.m. warned of heavy snow and strong winds for some areas as a low-pressure system moved away from the island.

Some areas are warned to expect between 25 and 35 cm of snow by mid-afternoon.

Power outages overnight

Newfoundland Power reported a number of power outages due to severe weather on the island's east coast Saturday morning.

Residents in the west coast communities of Gallants, Spruce Brook and Bonne Bay Pond and surrounding areas were without power because of trees falling on power lines.

Crews with Newfoundland Power were able to restore power to Gallants and Spruce Brook, with restoration for Bonne Bay Pond expected by 11:30 a.m.

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