Snowfall warning ended as cleanup of snow continues

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Environment Canada notes the snowfall warning for the Avalon Peninsula, and east and south coast areas of the province, has ended.

Earlier story:

Snow is falling and road conditions are slippery on the Avalon Peninsula, and east and south coast areas of the province this morning.

Between 15 and 20 centimetres of the white stuff is expected by this afternoon.

According to Environment Canada, a period of gusty easterly winds will give reduced visibilities in blowing snow over some areas this morning.

The snow is expected to taper off by this afternoon.

A brief period of rain showers is expected over the Avalon and Burin peninsulas as temperatures rise and the low pressure system passes. It is expected to change back to scattered flurries this evening.

Cpl. Dion Foote, of the Holyrood RCMP Detachment, reports this morning that “Roads are snow covered and very slippery with poor driving conditions. The public are advised to stay off the road unless necessary."

RCMP in Clarenville are advising the public to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. Roads between Port Blandford and Whitbourne are snow-covered and slippery with low visibility.

Snow-covered and slippery roads and reduced visibilty are not the only potential road hazards this morning.

While on routine patrol, RNC officers observed three moose on the Outer Ring Road in St. John’s, near the Thorburn Road overpass.

The RNC is advising motorists to used caution while driving today.

The City of St. John’s is advising that, due to the deteriorating weather conditions, all city facilities are closed for the rest of the day.

Garbage and recycling collection has begun and will continue and the residential drop-off at Robin Hood Bay will remain open until 4 p.m. Garbage is being collected in areas 3A, 3B, 4A and 4B while recycling is collected in areas 3A and 4A.

Go Bus suspended service at 10:30 a.m. and is contacting passengers with bookings. Any passengers remaining out will be contacted regarding pick-up to bring them home. For more information call (709) 368-8887.

Metrobus is still operating. Expect delays today due to weather and road conditions.

Of note: Routes 3, 10 not servicing Water Street between Cochrane and Prescott Streets. Route 19 not servicing Hamlyn Road, using Captain Whelan Drive to and from The Village Shopping Centre.

St. John's International Airport reports a number of flights delayed or cancelled today.

City of Mount Pearl advises that city hall and its recreational facilities closes as of 11 a.m. today due to weather conditions.




Organizations: Environment Canada

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Recent comments

  • Dood
    December 27, 2013 - 08:51

    Government offices are still open in this storm?

    • Wild Rose
      December 27, 2013 - 10:11

      Ha ha, Serves the union right! I hope they all get snowed in.

    • concerned resident
      December 27, 2013 - 10:56

      Can't believe government isn't closed with the dangerous roads. The politicians are off so they don't give a dam.

    • Actually
      December 27, 2013 - 12:49

      In 7 years with the provincial government I've had 2 snow days. Contrary to what some believe we do work. And we don't have an amazing salary or benefits. But thanks Wild Rose for being a dink when it comes to people who work for YOU safety. I hope your mother, father, sister, brother, cousins or friends work for the gov and get snowed in and have you come and save them. Clearly you're an amazing person and would do that.