Eastern Newfoundland leaves a snow blanket


The snowblowers – like this one on Gower Street in downtown St. John's – had plenty to do on Friday morning. (Francesca Swann / CBC)

Drivers from eastern Newfoundland conducted their first snow removal training on Friday after a thick blanket of snow blanketed the area overnight.

From 6:15 a.m. on Friday, 25 centimeters hit the St. John's metropolitan area.

Gander was hit with about 12 cm.

"The worst is over … basically things are gradually shrinking this morning," said Allison Sheppard, weatherman for Gander Weather Office of Environment Canada. St. John's Morning Show.

Although most of the snow has fallen overnight, she said that there may still be 5-10 cm coming in at the end of the week.

"If you were not in the spirit of winter, I think snow could help," she said.

The winds will not be accelerating much during the day, she said, making the snow blowing less worrisome.

Schools delayed, irregular roads

Courts, government offices and all schools in the St. John's metropolitan area had a late opening.

Several flights at St. John's International Airport were canceled or delayed and the snowplows were in full force in the St. John's metropolitan area.

Police warned drivers to be careful on the roads.

Holyrood RCMP said two trailers were stranded on the east ground of the Trans-Canada Highway on Friday morning, east of Holyrood Access Road, making the road temporarily impassable on Foxtrap Access Road.

Snow began to fall on St. John's at around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, when a weather system swept the island.

The closures began early on Thursday, with Paradise and Mount Pearl canceling garbage collection and shutting down all of the city's facilities before the snow.

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