Thursday, November 24, 2011

Snowfall in eastern Newfoundland causes closures: Canada

Heavy snowfall in eastern and southern Newfoundland has closed most schools and businesses, and is causing hazardous driving conditions Thursday.

As driving, wet snow that started overnight and continued into the morning, Environment Canada said snow warnings remained in effect for everyone east of Clarenville and for the whole south coast.

By 7 a.m., about 15 centimetres had fallen in the St. John's area, Argentia was estimated to have about 14 centimetres and Gander was reporting about one centimetre.

"Well, it looks like the Avalon and the Burin peninsulas are getting the worst of it today. We've already seen upwards of 20 centimetres in the Burin, less in St. John's, but expect another 15 centimetres for those areas this morning,” Wes Miller of Environment Canada said before 7 a.m.

Metrobus, the St. John's public transportation system, closed at 9 a.m.

Police warn people to drive carefully in the hazardous conditions.

A tractor-trailer truck slid off the Trans-Canada Highway about 15 kilometres east of Goobies, but the highway remained open.

Most schools in the Eastern School District, including St. John’s, were closed for at least the morning.

According to CBC St. John's meteorologist Ryan Snoddon the storm is record-breaker for this date.

"Snowfall to 9:30 a.m: St. Lawrence 27 centimetres; Winterland 31 centimetres; St. John's 25 centimetres ; Gander 1 centimetre," he tweeted. more