Published: Mon, January 20, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Resident wakes to wall of snow after storm lashes eastern Canada

Resident wakes to wall of snow after storm lashes eastern Canada

St. John's officials still wanted people to stay off the roads, but lifted some restrictions Sunday morning, allowing gas stations to open and pharmacies to open from noon until 7 pm.

Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O'Regan answered that call, saying the federal government was already working to deploy all available resources on the ground.

"All businesses are ordered to remain closed; shops closing regulations are suspended and all vehicles are prohibited from using city streets except emergency vehicles; police, fire, and ambulance", Breen said on Twitter.

Hurricane-force winds piled snow against homes, and residents woke Saturday to drifts that completely covered their cars and blocked first floors.

Her neighborhood was hit by an avalanche at the height of the storm on Friday night.

St.John's and its vicinity are expected to see upwards of 10 centimeters of snowfall today, with blowing snow and even rain anticipated for other areas throughout the province tonight.

"There's at least six feet of snow on my back deck", the 44-year-old said.

"We stand with Canadians in their time of need", it said.

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After an assessment of the aftermath of the severe weather and consultation with St. John's Mayor Danny Breen, Premier Ball says they reached out and requested support for the province.

St John's International Airport measured 30 inches of snowfall Friday, its snowiest single day in records dating to 1942. "There would be absolutely no way we would be able to leave here by vehicle and she probably would have (gotten) a lot more sick". "I've never seen anything like it".

There have also been widespread power outages. Crews were working to restore power to 21,000 customers on Saturday.

Most businesses remained closed on Sunday and St. John's global airport said it would remain closed to commercial flights until at least 8 p.m. Monday.

The RCMP in Bay Roberts said Wall disappeared after leaving his home in Roaches Line, about 70 kilometres west of the capital of St. John's, on Friday to walk through a wooded area to a friend's home in nearby Marysvale.

The city reminded residents to stay off the roads as they are not cleared adequately for city movement and traffic.

Conditions could continue to be hard, since Environment Canada is predicting an additional 10 cm of snow starting on Sunday night.

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