Monday, January 20th 2020, 9:00 am - St. John's begins to remove some restrictions, but state of emergency enters into day four
Cleanup efforts are well underway after the powerful January blizzard brought wicked hurricane-force winds, damaging storm surge and record breaking snowfall to Newfoundland this past weekend.
A new all-time daily snowfall record was reported in St. John's after 76.2 cm fell on Friday, beating the previous record of 68.4 cm back on April 5, 1999. With additional snow falling through the weekend, amounts in the city topped 90 cm. In fact, unofficially, St. John's Airport has now had its snowiest January on record with 166 cm recorded so far. In other communities including Mount Pearl and Paradise, more than 100 cm of snow also piled up with this storm.
All available City plows & resources are opening up roads. Please do not contact Access St. John's to report roads not cleared. Thank you for your patience during this emergency. https://t.co/77fWLIJMRP #nlwx #nltrafficCity of St. John's on Twitter
The storm paralyzed much of the province, prompting states of emergency in many communities and causing widespread travel issues and power outages. The storm even triggered an avalanche in the Battery area of St. John's on Friday evening, damaging one home, but no one was injured.
The state of emergency in St. John's continued for its fourth day on Monday, meaning businesses cannot open and cars are not allowed on the roads. All schools on the Avalon Peninsula were closed and many schools across the Bonavista Peninsula closed for Monday as well.
On Sunday, CBC reported that the Canadian Armed Forces will be sending 150-200 troops to Newfoundland by the end of the day, and could increase to as much as 300 by Monday.
Troops have arrived in Newfoundland and are ready to aid the province following an unprecedented snow storm that prompted a domestic @cafoperation #OpLENTUS. We stand with Canadians in their time of need. Your community is also our community. https://t.co/2ax2R9GOouJTFA | FOIA on Twitter
As we move into Tuesday, high pressure starts to build over much of Atlantic Canada, and that will mean clear skies and a well-deserved break in the snow for the rest of the week, albeit at the cost of below-average temperatures and some brisk wind chill values.
See below for an extensive look at the impacts from the record-breaking blizzard.
ICYMI If children want to build snow structures in the yard, they should not make roofs or form a tunnel that could collapse on them. #nlblizzard2020 #nlstorm Be mindful of winter safety | The Chronicle Herald @chronicleherald https://t.co/cKOa6uEsdmCanRedCrossNL on Twitter
A few pics of St. John's city streets January 19, 2020. @MurphTWN @jwhittalTWN #nlblizzard2020 #NLStorm2020 #nlwx @CBCNL @VOCMNEWS #stormageddon2020Jim Fitzgerald on Twitter
Some plow operators are reporting some vehicles are getting too close to the snow clearing equipment and up to the bumpers of the equipment in some cases. Please have patience, give the operators room to work, and keep a safe distance. #nltraffic #GovNL https://t.co/H4Q0bvUBTJTransportation and Works NL on Twitter
City officials are current working with health officials to identify a list of pharmacies to consider opening for short periods, as well as possible opening times today. An update will be made as soon as possible. #nlwx https://t.co/D1ziGcGIjeCity of St. John's on Twitter
We made it to the road! Not that we are going anywhere, but still. It feels like an important milestone. Well, my arms and back feel like it's an important milestone. Also the neighbours got their power back (it was 4 degrees in their house) #nlwxSonja Boon on Twitter
It's actually worse from this angle. #nlwxTom Baird on Twitter
Man vs. snow #BlizzNL #NLWxMark Sexton on Twitter
Making progress! Left: Saturday afternoon. Right: Sunday morning. Big shout out to St. john's city crews & to all my colleagues @weathernetwork for all their help providing needed info on this historical event. #nlblizzard2020Chris Murphy TWN on Twitter
Newfoundland Gothic. #snomaggedon #nlblizzard2020 #nlwxDr. Yolanda Wiersma on Twitter
nlblizzard2020 #nlwxNinjaNewfieInTheGarden on Twitter
More photos since some cleanup has been done! #nlblizzard2020 #stormageddon2020 #snowmaggedon2020 #nlwx #blizzard2020 #snowstorm #nltraffic #YYT #ExploreNL @NatashaFatah @CBCNL @NTVNewsNL @StJohnsTelegram @EddieSheerr @BrianWalshWXBeth Saunders 🤓 on Twitter
3 days of digging later: Bike to scale #nlwx #NewfoundlandStorm #snowmaggedon2020Rip on Twitter
NEWFOUNDLANDERS WAIT ON THE SECOND ROUND OF SNOW EXPECTED SUNDAY EVENING
Update: out again for 4.5 hours and the car is finally free! As good as it is going to get before the next 15-20cm comes tonight #nlblizzard2020 #nlwx #NLStorm2020 #snowmaggedon2020Krista Cardwell on Twitter
Meanwhile in Newfoundland #snowmaggedon2020 #nlwxArthur Craig Green on Twitter
Inspired by my neighbour to build steps so I could walk up out of my property onto my street #nlwxWanda Nolan on Twitter
This is the end of days. #nlwx #nlblizzard2020 #nlstormPhil Ryan on Twitter
snomageddon #nlwx #paradisenl #mageedrive @cbcnews @MichaelSerapio #champagnewhileshovellingCarolyn Ward Keeping on Twitter