More snow headed for Newfoundland, Nova Scotia
Published Saturday, March 15, 2008 4:33PM EDT
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Atlantic Canada was experiencing more winter weather Saturday, blanketting parts of the Maritimes with snow and prompting weather warnings in southeastern Newfoundland.
Snowfall warnings were issued for Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula, where the provincial capital of St. John's is located.
A low-pressure system was forecasted to dump between 15 and 20 centimetres of snow on Sunday.
Meanwhile, snow was falling in Nova Scotia for most of the day Saturday, with forecasters predicting 10 to 15 centimetres.
Environment Canada said more snow was expected in Nova Scotia on Monday and Tuesday, as a "major winter storm'' passed by offshore.
Atlantic Canada has seen several major storms over the past several weeks, with the latest virtually shutting down St. John's, N.L., in the middle of last week and prompting a state of emergency on Newfoundland's Fogo Island.
State of emergency lifted after heavy snow causes avalanche on N.L. island
The state of emergency on Fogo Island, which was isolated from the rest of Newfoundland after a fierce blizzard closed roads and shut down ferry service, was lifted Saturday as snow-removal crews made progress and life began to return to normal.
The coastal island, located north of Gander, was virtually shut down after a winter storm battered the province on Thursday and Friday, in some regions dumping more than 50 centimetres of snow that was blown around by strong winds.
The ferry that links the Fogo Island with the rest of the province stopped running, roads were impassable and people were trapped in their homes and workplaces as they waited for the storm to pass.
On Thursday, heavy snow in Fogo, one of a dozen communities on the 25-kilometre island, triggered an avalanche, which damaged some properties and a small bridge.
"Overnight things had improved drastically, and the highway crews were out working all night, and they got the roads open, albeit just the one lane,'' Gerald McKenna, mayor of the Fogo Island Regional Council, said Saturday.
"Things are certainly getting back to normal.''
McKenna urged drivers to continue to be cautious on Fogo Island's roads.
No injuries were reported as a result of the storm, and it seemed that no one lost their power.
The island was expected to receive more snow in the coming days.