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PHOTOS: Megabanks tower over residents in Cape Breton

Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 5:17 PM - Standing at nearly 4 metres tall, snowdrifts in Cape Breton Highlands National Park have made the perfect winter spectacle.

However, the massive snowbanks have also caused chaos for commuters and tourists as the road between Pleasant Bay and Big Intervale remains closed.

The road has been shut down on and off for a total of 17 days since November, which is six days more than last year.

"It's really an anomalous year," Rob Howey, resource conservation manager for the Cape Breton Highlands National Park told CBC. "I can say, going back through our records, it's way more than we've had in recent memory."

Strong winds have resulted in whiteout conditions, which have made clearing efforts challenging for officials. It's also difficult to measure exactly how much powder has built up due to drifting, according to Howey.

"You're talking about driving a big six-tonne truck through snowdrifts that are as tall as the truck itself sometimes, with little to no visibility," he told the news agency. "It's a really nerve-racking, challenging endeavour to say the least."

Yet another winter blast is on the way for Atlantic Canada, with up to 40 cm of snow possible for parts of northern New Brunswick through Thursday morning. Cape Breton could see 10-20 cm. 

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