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West coast residents clean up the mess from first big snowfall of the year

Doug King puts some finishing touches on his driveway on Carberry's Road in Corner Brook Saturday afternoon. High winds and a persistent snow overnight left residents in clean-up mode, but it looks like it's going to be a white week as snow is forecasted for the Corner Brook area for the next handful of days.
Doug King puts some finishing touches on his driveway on Carberry's Road in Corner Brook Saturday afternoon. High winds and a persistent snow overnight left residents in clean-up mode, but it looks like it's going to be a white week as snow is forecasted for the Corner Brook area for the next handful of days. - Dave Kearsey

White fluffy snow fell softly overhead Saturday as city residents went about cleaning up their driveways.

There was only a slight wind accompanying the huge snowflakes.

That was a stark contrast to the wee hours of Saturday morning when a howling wind drove snow around all over the Humber Valley, with heavy snow piling up in the vicinity of 10 centimetres, especially in areas with a higher elevation.

Newfoundland Power workers were on the scene of a traffic accident on Main Street in Corner Brook Saturday afternoon. A male driver plowed his vehicle into a utility pole on the parking lot at Bank of Montreal on West Street.
Newfoundland Power workers were on the scene of a traffic accident on Main Street in Corner Brook Saturday afternoon. A male driver plowed his vehicle into a utility pole on the parking lot at Bank of Montreal on West Street.

Some shoveled their way through it, while others had the convenience of a snowblower to get the job done — like a young man on East Valley Road who was getting familiar with the machine after dad provided him with some instructions on safe operation.

A group of small children, under the watchful eye of several adults, were busy enjoying the day in the swings at a local playground, oblivious to the working adults who moved the white stuff out of the way while they played.

No matter what the weather brought, it was no big deal it would appear as traffic began to pick up around the city and more and more people, albeit bundled up in gloves and hats, walked through slush and water to get to their destination.

It wasn’t a crazy night for police personnel who were keeping an eye on the weather over the last 24 hours.

A spokesman for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said there were no serious accidents reported over night, but officers had to respond to a call for help Saturday afternoon in Corner Brook when the male operator of a vehicle plowed into a utility pole on the parking lot of Bank of Montreal on West Street.

The driver was the lone occupant of the car. He was conveyed to hospital from the scene.

Officials with Newfoundland Power were on the scene to secure the area. The cause of the accident wasn’t known at press time and an investigation is underway.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Corner Brook said officers never had to respond to any serious accidents as the snow began to accumulate, but there were a number of vehicles officers spotted stranded on the highway.

Ken Companion was busy with the snowblower cleaning up a mess left on Rose Street Saturday afternoon in Corner Brook after a windy evening carried a blanket of heavy snow to the Corner Brook area over night.
Ken Companion was busy with the snowblower cleaning up a mess left on Rose Street Saturday afternoon in Corner Brook after a windy evening carried a blanket of heavy snow to the Corner Brook area over night.

Local residents shouldn’t put the shovels away too quickly. Snow flurries and periods of snow are familiar themes for west coast weather forecasts for the remainder of the week.

It was pretty tight quarters on Shamrock Crescent in Corner Brook Saturday afternoon after the city felt the brunt of about 10 centimetres of snow overnight. Most of the city's main streets were slushy with some icy spots peaking through and many of the sidestreets received little attention in the early going as residents took to shovels and snowblowers to clean up the mess.
It was pretty tight quarters on Shamrock Crescent in Corner Brook Saturday afternoon after the city felt the brunt of about 10 centimetres of snow overnight. Most of the city's main streets were slushy with some icy spots peaking through and many of the sidestreets received little attention in the early going as residents took to shovels and snowblowers to clean up the mess.

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