Blizzard leaves central digging out

Andrea Gunn
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Thomas Stagg of Grand Falls-Windsor shovels out his driveway after Wednesday’s blizzard. Stagg said he doesn’t mind the snow.

Only days after mild weather laid a beating on the snow accumulation in the Exploits Valley, the region is again covered in a thick sheet of the stuff.

Snow started Wednesday afternoon in Grand Falls-Windsor and continued throughout the evening gaining intensity, and turning to freezing rain overnight. High winds brought blizzard-like conditions to the region, closing schools in the afternoon. Some weather reports said on Wednesday the area could get up to 35 centimeters of snow.

By Thursday morning precipitation all but stopped, but snowfall closed schools in the a.m. and left many people digging out.

As of 9 a.m. Environment Canada was still reporting a blizzard warning due to freshly fallen snow and high winds up to 100 km/h in some areas.

For Grand Falls-Windsor and vicinity, the forecast calls for snow and blowing snow ending this morning then mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries with another two to four centimeters this afternoon. Wind gusts up to 60 km/h are expected, with the temperature steady near minus 7. The forecast for this evening calls for mainly cloudy conditions with a 60 percent chance of flurries with wind becoming light, with a low of minus 10.

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Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Exploits Valley

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