Heavy snow, poor visibility near Clarenville

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RCMP ask drivers to reduce their speeds


RCMP Traffic Services is reporting heavy snow and poor visibility on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Clarenville. 

Police say the roads are very slippery and are advising drivers to reduce their speeds if they must travel.

Drivers are also advised to ensure their headlights are on for increased visibility. On some vehicle models daytime running lights do not activate tail lights.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Clarenville and vicinity, the Bonavista Peninsula, Terra Nova and Bonavista North areas where snowfall accumulations today are expected to be 10 to 15 cms.

The weather office says a small but vigorous low pressure system currently near the Burin

Peninsula will track northward today and stall near the Bonavista Peninsula this afternoon.

Snow will be at times heavy with this system and is expected to persist through the evening.

Strong winds will accompany this system and will combine with the fresh snow to give reduced visibility in blowing snow, especially over exposed areas.

Environment Canada says the public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required.

Updated weather information can be found online at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.

Many schools in these areas had delayed openings this morning and are now remaining closed for the day.

The full school report can be found online at www.esdnl.ca/statuscentral/statuscentral.jsp

Organizations: RCMP, Environment Canada, Trans-Canada Highway

Geographic location: Clarenville, Terra Nova, Bonavista North

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