Newfoundland pummeled as winter storm heads east
Published Sunday, February 10, 2013 9:11AM EST
Last Updated Sunday, February 10, 2013 11:25PM EST
A massive winter storm continued to move through Newfoundland Sunday as heavy snow and wind gusts of up to 100 km/h pummeled the central part of the island.
Blizzard and winter storm warnings remained in effect after 33 centimetres of snow fell in central Newfoundland. Another 20 centimetres is still expected to hit the island.
Several departures and arrivals were cancelled at St. John's International Airport on Sunday while Marine Atlantic suspended ferry service between North Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Port aux Basques, Newfoundland.
The worst of the storm was over in the provincial capital of St. John’s by Sunday afternoon after 23 centimeters of snow fell in early in the day. However, Environment Canada meteorologist Jeremy March said the area was expected to receive more snow and some freezing rain.
Brian Madore, of local radio station 590 VOCM, said while Newfoundland has seen more snowfall earlier this winter, the province has yet to see a storm as big.
“It’s unique in that it has hit every part of the island,” Madore told CTV News Channel on Sunday. “When you think of then storm having a solid impact on that whole land mass, that’s pretty significant.”
On the western edge of Newfoundland in Corner Brook, high winds were making for white-out conditions while residents braced themselves for another 30 centimetres of snowfall.
Motorists are being advised to stay off the roads, especially the Trans-Canada Highway, as the blowing snow is expected to cause whiteout conditions
As Newfoundlanders continue to endure the blizzard-like weather, residents in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island spent Sunday digging themselves out of remnants from Saturday’s storm, which left 21,000 homes and businesses without power.
Winds were highest in Southwestern Nova Scotia, with the largest being 164 km/h south of Yarmouth, while the northern tip of the province saw up to 50 centimetres of snowfall.
Storms surge and high wave activity caused extensive flooding along Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley and on the South Shore. Halifax recorded a high water level of 2.76 metres, which falls within the top five recorded levels, according to Environment Canada.
On Sunday, Mounties in Nova Scotia reported six collisions in one hour on a slippery Trans-Canada Highway.
Blowing snow was also still causing problems on Prince Edward Island roads.
While Eastern Canada contended with wild winter weather, Central Ontario, fresh off its own winter snow wallop, was preparing for warmer temperatures and rain later Sunday. The system, which could also bring freezing rain to the region, was expected to head through eastern Ontario on Monday.
The more mild weather was a big break from Friday’s intense storm that dumped roughly 30 centimetres of snow on Toronto. The storm was being blamed for at least four deaths in Ontario.
Meanwhile, Western Canada appeared poised for an early spring Sunday. In Vancouver, temperatures reached 5 C as bright sunlight poured into the downtown area around the noon hour.
With files from The Canadian Press