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Canada On The Ground: Newfoundland's monster storm in photos, videos

19:15  17 january  2020
19:15  17 january  2020 Source:   theweathernetwork.com

'Storm of the winter' expected as blizzard heads to Newfoundland

  'Storm of the winter' expected as blizzard heads to Newfoundland Travellers are being warned to make other plans, with high winds and heavy snowfalls in the forecast."This is the worst I've seen in years," said Wanda Batten, a meteorologist with the Environment Canada office in Gander. "This is the big blizzard you're gonna be talking about for years to come.

St. John's, Newfoundland has declared a state of emergency as an intense blizzard moves through the province.

Early Friday, the system met the official 'weather bomb' criteria. The term applies to rapidly-developing severe storms in which the barometric pressure at its centre drops by a minimum of 24 millibars over 24 hours.

Weather Network reporter Chris Murphy is live on the scene. On Friday morning, he reported widespread closures and blustery winds.

Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador reeling in the wake of monster blizzard

  Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador reeling in the wake of monster blizzard ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — States of emergency, as well as blizzard and storm surge warnings, remained in effect in parts of eastern Newfoundland and Labrador early this morning. This intense snowfall that buried St. John's and many other communities bringing them to a standstill on Friday slowed overnight.This intense snowfall that buried St. John's and many other communities bringing them to a standstill on Friday slowed overnight, and according to Environment Canada was expected to end later this morning.

a snow covered street © Provided by The Weather Network READ MORE: Dangerous blizzard strikes Newfoundland

Social media has erupted with photos and videos of the storm as well. In many, objects are hard to see, obscured by heavy snowfall.

The storm is expected to intensify through Friday, bringing additional snow, strong winds and potential storm surge.

In a tweet, Rainbow Riders NL -- an organization that provides therapeutic horse rides to children and youth with physical, emotional and cognitive challenges -- said their staff spent Thursday night sleeping in the barn with the horses to keep them comfortable amid the freezing temperatures.

St. John's Mayor Danny Breen declared a state of emergency at 11 a.m. Friday morning. The declaration will remain in effect until further notice.

"All businesses are ordered to close; shops closing regulations are suspended and all vehicles except emergency vehicles are prohibited from using City streets," the city said in a statement. "Please return home and do not drive until the state of emergency has been lifted."

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has pulled its plows from regional highways due to the dangerous conditions.

The snow will begin to taper Saturday morning across the province, but is expected to linger along the west coast, where it could generate sea-effect snow.

Strong winds are expected across the area through Saturday afternoon.

MORE PHOTOS: INTENSE STORM HITS NEWFOUNDLAND

VIDEO: STATE OF EMERGENCY IN ST. JOHN'S

Armed Forces arrive in St. John’s as state of emergency stretches into fourth day .
Eastern regions of Newfoundland have been paralyzed since Friday when a major blizzard brought down record-breaking amounts of snow.Eastern regions of Newfoundland have been paralyzed since Friday when a major blizzard brought down record-breaking amounts of snow, with over 76 centimetres falling in a single day in the capital amid winds gusting over 150 kilometres per hour.

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