More is expected Wednesday.
The east and south coasts of the island were hammered not only by snow, but by 100/km wind gusts, making for some extremely hazardous driving conditions. Metrobus, Go Bus and the Bell Island ferry were halted for the day, and not a single flight made it to St. John’s International Airport after 7 a.m. Arrivals and departures into Wednesday afternoon and evening are cancelled.
Marine Atlantic’s 11:45 a.m. crossings between Sydney, N.S., and Port aux Basques were delayed until 11:45 p.m., weather permitting.
In the afternoon, Parks Canada issued an alert about the blowing snow and whiteouts around Terra Nova National Park, advising anyone on the highway to travel with extreme caution.
Emergency responders urged drivers to stay at home. The RCMP in Holyrood offered this message on Twitter in hopes people stay safe: "Absolutely need emergency meds tomorrow from local pharmacy? Stay home. We will get them for you if we can. We care!"
Eastern Health’s community-based health centres and administrative offices closed, but its acute-care hospital sites and long-term care facilities were open. Emergency services were available at all sites. Eastern Health said patients whose appointments were cancelled would be contacted individually to re-book.
For emergency updates pertaining to Eastern Health’s facilities, visit the Storm Watch section at Eastern Health’s website at www.easternhealth.ca.
Both Mount Pearl and St. John's announced garbage and recycling collection will be delayed by a day this week.
By the time it’s all over Wednesday afternoon, the northern Avalon peninsula, Clarenville and vicinity and the Bonavista Peninsula will have between 30-60 cm of snow, Environment Canada says. Lesser, but still significant, amounts will fall elsewhere, combined with high winds.
Conditions were expected to improve on the Burin Peninsula Tuesday evening, and Wednesday morning on the southern Avalon Peninsula. For the northern Avalon Peninsula, blizzard conditions were expected to persist overnight, tapering off at some point Wednesday.
For up-to-date weather information, visit weather.gc.ca.