Heavy snow closes busi­nesses, schools

Cape Breton Post - - ATLANTIC -

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.

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