Saturday , January 16 2021

Eastern Newfoundland digs out of a blanket of snow

Snowblowers – like this one on Gower Street in downtown St. John's had a lot to do on Friday morning. (Francesca Swann / CBC)

Drivers in eastern Newfoundland have been getting their first good snow-shovelling workout Friday after a blanket of thick snow covered the overnight region.

As of 6:15 am Friday morning, 25 cm snake hit the St. John's metro region.

Gander was hit with about 12 cm.

"Allison Sheppard, a meteorologist at the Environment Canada's Gander Weather Office, told the St. John's Morning Show.

Though the snow fell overnight, she said there could still be 5-10 cm coming over the weekend.

"If you were not in the winter spirit, I guess the snow might help," she said.

Winds will not be picking up much speed during the day, she said, making blowing snow less of a concern.

Delayed schools, rough roads

Courts, government offices and all schools in St. John's metro area had a delayed opening.

A number of flights at St. John's International Airport has been canceled or delayed and snowplows were out in full force in St. Louis. John's metro area.

Police warned drivers to be careful on the roads.

Holyrood RCMP said two tractor-trailers were stuck in the eastbound land of the Trans-Canada Highway early Friday morning, east of the Holyrood Access Road, making the road temporarily impassable at Foxtrap Access Road.

Snow began to fall in St. John's around 5:30 pm Thursday, as a weather system swept across the island.

Closures started early on Thursday, with Paradise and Mount Pearl canceling garbage collection and closing all town facilities in advance of the snow.

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