High snow drifts, whiteouts closes TCH in parts of southwestern Newfoundland

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Heavy snow and high localized winds are resulting in snow drifts in excess of 12 feet in height and poor visibility on the Trans-Canada Highway and other roads in southwestern Newfoundland.

The Department of Transportation and Works is advising motorists in southwestern Newfoundland that Route 470 — from Port aux Basques to Rose Blanche — and the Burgeo Highway have been temporarily closed.

Delays can be expected on the Trans Canada Highway from Cape Ray to Port aux Basques as the department is escorting traffic.

The department has all of its resources in use with help from the City of Corner Brook.

Currently, all available resources are being focused on the primary highway network. Clearing of local roads will immediately follow.

The department encourages motorists to stay off the highways in this region of the province until conditions improve and appreciates the patience of the travelling public.

Organizations: Trans Canada Highway, Department of Transportation and Works

Geographic location: Southwestern Newfoundland, Port aux Basques, Rose Blanche Cape Ray Corner Brook.Currently

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