Saturday, January 18th 2020, 9:00 am - Multiple communities, including St. John's, remain under states of emergency as the massive snowstorm dumped 75 cm of snow in some areas in a 36-hour period
Conditions across Newfoundland are finally beginning to let up Saturday morning across the province, but lingering strong winds are expected through the day along the west coast, where they could create sea-effect snow.
For many in eastern Newfoundland, the record-setting monster storm that fell upon the province at full strength Friday will be one to remember, with a daily snowfall total reaching 76.2 cm at St. John's International Airport. This figure beats out the previous record of 68.4 cm, set on April 5, 1999.
At different times during the storm, wind gusts hit 130 km/h in some areas. St. John's airport recorded a 14-hour period of wind gusts exceeding 100 km/h that lasted through early Saturday morning.
The powerful winds have put an excess amount of pressure on the province's electricity grid, with thousands of customers still without power Saturday morning. The latest outages from Newfoundland Power can be found here.
States of emergency are still in place after being declared Friday across multiple communities, including St. John's, as the powerful blizzard starts to ease off through the province.
CBC reported the St. John's Regional Fire Department responded to an avalanche in the Battery area Friday night, which damaged at least one home and prompted evacuations, but no one was injured.
BREAKING: This avalanche happened in living room of a house in Outer Battery of St. John's tonight. It's in that lovely part of the city that flanks the harbour, the one you see in the tourism ads. @CityofStJohns is evacuating the area. @cbcnl @CBCAlerts @CBCNews #nlblizzard2020Chris O'Neill-Yates on Twitter
@NL_Traffic Reports confirmed! Firefighters at my door in outer battery asking to evacuate us.Will Durocher on Twitter
St. John's Mayor Danny Breen declared a state of emergency Friday morning and it will remain in effect until further notice. The communities of Paradise, Mount Pearl, Torbay, and Portugal Cove - St. Philips followed suit soon after. Norman's Cove-Long Cove, Come By Chance, Conception Bay South, Bonavista and Chapel Arm later made their own declarations.
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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says non-emergency vehicles have also been ordered off the roads in the other communities that have declared a state of emergency. The storm is so powerful that the Newfoundland and Labrador government has also pulled its plows from regional highways.
Bonavista Mayor John Norman declared a state of emergency for the town about 300 kilometres northwest of St. John's.
In an interview with the CBC, Bonavista Mayor Norman said a town plow will be available as an escort to the hospital in the event residents need medical assistance.
As #NLStorm continues, our Winter Operations crew is hard at work clearing runways and roads. Please contact your airline directly for flight information. Stay safe! #YYT #nlwxSt. John's Airport on Twitter
Schools were also shut down as rapidly deteriorating conditions made for poor and dangerous travel before the morning commute. Metrobus also cancelled its public transit service, with most flights cancelled at St. John's International Airport as well.
Rainbow Riders NL -- an organization that provides therapeutic horse riding to children and youth with physical, emotional and cognitive challenges -- tweeted Friday that their staff spent Thursday night sleeping in the barn with the horses to keep them comfortable amid the freezing temperatures.
Our staff slept at the barn last night & will again tonight, we are so fortunate to have such a dedicated team ❤🌈🐴 The girls have their #stormchips but the horses are wondering why storm carrots aren't a thing!? 😉 Stay safe and warm everyone ❤🌈🐴 #nlwx #nlstormRainbow Riders NL on Twitter
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This. Is. Crazy. #StateofEmergency #nlwhiteout #snowstorm #nlweather #blizzard #Newfoundland #nlblizzard2020 #nlstorm #nltraffic @VOCMNEWS @hitsfm #Snowpocalypse2020 #Snowmageddon https://t.co/eanqZGKdLoSamantha Foley on Twitter
@gavatron #snowdoor https://t.co/8ysi01hHUPDerrick Turner on Twitter
Duckworth right now 9 am. #nlwx #nltraffic #nlstorm #nlblizzard2020TA Loeffler on Twitter
The front of our house...view from across the street (sent by a neighbour) and view from inside our living room window. #SaveMeJebus #nlwx #stormageddon2020 #nlblizzard2020 #nlstormAlly Baird on Twitter