Expired News - Canadian town declares emergency after 57-hour blizzard - The Weather Network
Your weather when it really mattersTM


Please choose your default site


Asia - Pacific


Massive blizzard in Churchill, Manitoba

Canadian town declares emergency after 57-hour blizzard

Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 12:01 PM - Fifty seven hours is a long time to deal with any kind of severe weather, let alone a blizzard.

The town of Churchill, Man., on the shores of Hudson Bay, experienced a blizzard of that length -- four hours shy of the longest-ever blizzard recorded there -- over the past few days. The storm that produced it featured winds up to 120 km/h and, when it was over, dropped some 60 cm on the small community of fewer than a thousand people.

Late Friday, Churchill declared an official state of emergency as it faces a difficult cleanup.

"It is evident there is significant clean-up work to be done that will impact the town's existing resources to complete this work and bring the community back to a state of normalcy," read the declaration, which was posted to Facebook.

For a snow storm to qualify as a blizzard, it must include winds of at least 40 km/h, lasting for at least four hours, bringing visibility down to 400 metres or less. The mammoth storm included extended periods of zero visibility.

The storm all-but shut down the town, including businesses and services. CBC News reports a snowbank cut off access to the town's health clinic, though the main hospital, which shares a building with the clinic, was not affected.

"It's been challenging. The community has responded very well," Churchill Mayor Mike Spence told the broadcaster.


'Hurricane force winds' for Newfoundland as storm ramps up
Risk of ice-free Arctic still high, even with climate action
Clocks spring ahead soon: Read 5 ways it went terribly wrong
Before and After: Malta's famous Azure Window collapses
Default saved

Search Location


Sign In

Please sign in to use this feature.