Heavy snow closes businesses, schools
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. (CP) — Heavy snow fell on eastern Newfoundland Friday, closing schools, government offices and businesses, and turning one normally busy St. John’s street into a racetrack for two snowmobilers.
About 20 centimetres whipped by gusts up to 90 kilometres an hour fell throughout the day and another 25 were forcecast overnight and into today.
The snow quickly clogged streets in downtown St. John’s, a development two snowmobilers took advantage of. NTV aired video of two riders racing up and down Water Street, past parked cars covered in snow.
Crews worked to clear runways at St. John’s International Airport but a number of flights were cancelled.
By noon, the Transportation Department was reporting poor visibility on the Trans-Canada Highway with whiteouts from St. John’s to Salmonier Line.
An accident on the Outer Ring Road involving a snowplow reduced it to one lane for several hours.
Newfoundland Power crews had to deal with several outages around St. John’s. University and college campuses remained closed for the day, while city buses were pulled off the road at 1 p.m.