NEWS

Weekend storm sweeps over Newfoundland

01/28/2012 09:20 EST | Updated 03/29/2012 05:12 EDT

A wet, windy storm blew across Newfoundland on Saturday, creating hazardous driving conditions and shutting down some services.

RCMP in Clarenville urged drivers in the area to avoid the Trans-Canada Highway "unless absolutely necessary," while treacherous driving conditions were reported across the island.

Environment Canada issued severe weather warnings or watches for almost every area of the island, with residents told to expect a mix of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain. Labrador was avoiding the worst of the storm.

As much as 25 centimetres of snow was expected to fall along the west coast, where Corner Brook and other communities were bearing some of the toughest conditions. The city's transit system shut down for the day.

Authorities reported difficult driving conditions on the Trans-Canada Highway and elsewhere, and social media reports were rampant with notes about slippery roads, collisions and dangerous drivers.

The Department of Transportation and Works on Saturday afternoon reported poor visibility in several areas, particularly on the Avalon and Burin Peninsulas and on the west coast.

High winds were contributing to driving problems. Winds topped 100 km/h in several communities, particularly on Newfoundland's south and west coasts.

In St. John's, the Metrobus transit system stayed open, although it advised riders to prepare for route delays because of the weather.

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