People are ready to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring after the recent bouts of bad weather.
The southwest coast of the province took a beating last week with extreme winter weather.
Back to back snowstorms from Monday to Wednesday shut down schools and closed highways in the area.
On Wednesday, Feb. 8, schools in Port aux Basques, as well as in Burgeo, Ramea and Burnt Islands, were shut down.
A wind warning was in place for the Wreckhouse area, with southwesterly gusts up to 150 kilometre per hour.
Tractor trailers were advised to stay off the road in the Wreckhouse area because of high winds, while all other motorists were asked to use extreme caution.
Marine Atlantic cancelled its late morning crossings that day and the Department of Transportation and Works was advising that the highway between Port aux Basques was slippery and slushy that afternoon.
People were also asked to use extreme caution on Route 470 from Port aux Basques to Rose Blanche. There was a report of a “disabled” tractor trailer in the west bound lane just west of the weigh scales and partially blocking the lane.
Snow squalls on the Burgeo Highway caused heavy drifting in open areas, and motorists were asked to use caution or stay off the road.
There was a break in the weather on Thursday, but a second low- pressure system was expected to move into the area over Thursday night and into Friday. Strong winds were expected to continue and Environment Canada advised that higher than normal water levels were possible along parts of the south and west coasts at high tide on Friday morning.
This was the scene in Port aux Basques on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 8, as a winter storm walloped the area. Schools and some government offices and businesses closed in the afternoon as high winds caused white-out conditions in blowing snow.
The snowfall in the Port aux Basques area caused an extra problem for one local couple. Right next to the home of Ruth and Glen Porter, on High Street, a wall of snow fell from the cliffs and buried their two cars.