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Powerful winds and freshly fallen snow are resulted in dangerous driving conditions across Newfoundland Thursday, promoting officials to warn residents to keep off the roads.

Atlantic Canada blizzard: Newfoundland digs out

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Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6:29 PM -

The blizzard that brought up to 40 cm of snow to the Maritimes diminished through the day on Thursday across Newfoundland.

The low pressure system intensified rapidly as it moved across the region before moving out to sea.

Snow moved in ahead of the system, bringing about 24 cm to Badger and Deer Lake.

St. John's saw about 10 mm of rain, while Cape Race and St. Lawrence received 20.5 mm of rain.

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The precipitation eased Thursday morning but strong winds behind the system continued to create dangerous driving conditions.

Officials warned drivers to stay off regional highways in western Newfoundland and southern Labrador, and several other highways across the province were deemed "too dangerous for travel."

The city of St. John's recorded a gust of 117 km/h before 9:30 am, while Cape Race saw a peak gust of 133 km/h. 

Marine Atlantic temporarily kept its ferries off the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Thursday morning and several schools in western and central Newfoundland were closed for at least the morning.

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