Wild win­ter

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Front Page - BY CORY HURLEY Cory.Hurley@tc.tc

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.

WAYNE STACEY PHOTO

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.

WAYNE STACEY PHOTO

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.

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