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Avalon cleans up after snow storm dumps more than 50 cm on some areas

Residents on the Avalon were blasted a major snow storm this weekend.

Winter storm warnings ended across the island Sunday morning, as some parts of the capital city saw more than 50 cm of snow. As NTV’s Ben Cleary reports, the severe conditions left some residents without power overnight. 

Salvation Army opens warming centre in C.B.S. amid storm-related power outages

The Salvation Army is opening a warming centre in Long Pond, Conception Bay South, amid power outages during Saturday’s snow storm.

The centre was scheduled to open to residents at 9 p.m. People are asked to use caution if driving to the centre.

Newfoundland Power is reporting a wide range of storm-related power outages in St. John’s, Conception Bay South, the Southern Shore, Whitbourne, Conception Bay North, the Cape Shore, Sunnyside, Clarenville, the Bonavista Peninsula, Gander, Glenwood, Twillingate and New-Wes-Valley.

Newfoundland Power warned that severe weather, zero visibility and deteriorating road conditions are making it difficult for its crews to respond safely. Plows are being taken off the roads in some areas. The company said it will continue to respond as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Province pulls plows off some Avalon highways because of whiteouts and zero visibility

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure advised Saturday evening that it has become too dangerous for plows to operate safely on some Avalon Peninsula highways.

A winter storm has brought whiteouts and zero visibility to various areas between Whitbourne and St. John’s. Operators are on standby to return for when situations improve and for emergencies.

The department was also advising against travel on many Avalon highways Saturday afternoon, including the Outer Ring Road, Peacekeepers Way, Pitts Memorial Drive, and the Argentia Access Highway.

Winter storm triggers closures for some Eastern Health services

Eastern Health advises the public of the following service changes for today, Saturday, January 21, 2023, due to adverse weather this weekend:

• The community walk-in clinic, located at 50 Mundy Pond Rd, St. John’s, will be closed.

• The collaborative team clinic centre, located at 7 Pippy Place, St. John’s, will be closed.

• The COVID-19 vaccination clinic for children aged six months to 11 years old at Mount Pearl Square will be closed. Clients will be contacted to reschedule their appointments. In addition, clients may rebook online at www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/vaccine/gettheshot/.

• In addition, the planned closure of both the external and internal entrances to the emergency department at the Health Sciences Centre on Sunday, January 22, 2023 has been postponed. This closure will now be in effect as of Sunday, January 28, 2023.

Emergency services continue to be available at all sites during adverse weather. General contact information is available at: www.easternhealth.ca/contactus/.

Eastern Health continues to monitor the progress of severe winter conditions closely. For updates pertaining to Eastern Health’s facilities or its operations, please visit the Weather Watch section at Eastern Health’s website at https://news.easternhealth.ca/weather-watch/, or visit Eastern Health’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Metro-area schools closed ahead of snow storm

Metro-area schools are closed for the day because of an impending snow storm, the English School District announced Tuesday morning.

Provincial government offices have closed for the rest of the day, except for staff who were advised to come to work. Memorial University and the Marine Institute are also closed for the day. A number of the College of the North Atlantic’s eastern Newfoundland campuses will be closed at least for the morning.

According to the latest forecast from NTV Meteorologist Eddie Sheerr:

  • the low will track a little farther AWAY from the Avalon today
  • this means, across the board, snowfall totals will, most likely, be on the lower end of forecast values
  • very little snow will fall west of the Avalon

First major snowfall for Avalon this winter expected Tuesday

The first major snowfall of the winter for the Avalon Peninsula is expected to arrive on Tuesday. NTV’s Eddie Sheerr has the forecast.

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