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Region digging out again after latest storm

Sanja Schuelke makes tracks in the freshly fallen snow as she walks along University Avenue Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.

CORNER BROOK — It hasn’t taken long for winter to arrive with a vengeance in western Newfoundland.

Steady, often heavy, snow over the weekend made for difficult driving conditions throughout the region Sunday.

Environment Canada was calling for snow mixed with light rain as of Sunday afternoon. Snowfall amounts of as much as 10 centimetres were expected in the area through the evening.

A wind warning was also in effect, with easterly gusts in the city expected to be between 30 and 100 k/ph throughout the day. Strong winds were also forecasted for the Port aux Basques area, with gusts as high as 140 k/ph in the Wreckhouse area Sunday afternoon.

Combined with the snow, the Baie Verte and eastern half of the Great Northern Peninsula were expected to see reduced visibility Sunday as between 15-25 centimetres of snow was dumped in the region.

The conditions made for another busy day for the city’s snow clearing crews.

Craig Kennedy, the City of Corner Brook’s superintendent of Public Works, said crews were working virtually around the clock throughout the weekend. As of Sunday afternoon, seven runs were completed and snow was being pushed back throughout the city.

He said crews were using brine as an anti-icing measure in order to make the heavy, packed snow easier to clear.

“The problem we have now it’s a heavy snow so it’s slower plowing,” Kennedy said Sunday. “We’re trying to get it pushed back a bit, but the runs are a little slower getting done where there’s so much heavy snow.”

Kennedy said his night crew would likely be called in early Sunday evening in anticipation of the looming blustery conditions.

In Corner Brook, Sgt. Madonna Carey of the RNC advised motorists to avoid driving if possible due to the slippery roads in the city. She said police responded to three accidents Friday and another three Saturday, incidents she said the inclement weather may have played a part in.

The severe weather led the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to close the access road from Port aux Basques to North Branch Saturday afternoon. As a result of the snow covered and slippery conditions, combined with brisk winds, the route remained closed Sunday and motorists were advised to detour through South Branch.

Highway conditions throughout the region were slippery and snow covered Sunday, with conditions with visibility described as poor between Plum Point and St. Anthony, as well as drifting, blowing snow in the Trout River gulch.

The nasty weather in the Cabot Strait and along the southwest coast led Marine Atlantic to cancel crossings between Port aux Basques and North Sydney Sunday evening. The cancellations were expected to remain in effect until weather conditions improved.

As of late Sunday afternoon, crossings aboard the MV Apollo were on schedule for the ferry service through the Strait of Belle Isle.

More snow was expected in the city today, with amounts between two to four centimetres and northwest wind gusts as high as 70 k/ph in the morning.

Organizations: Public Works, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, North Branch Marine Atlantic Strait of Belle Isle.More

Geographic location: Port aux Basques, Newfoundland.Steady, Corner Brook Wreckhouse Baie Verte Plum Point St. Anthony Trout River North Sydney

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  • glen
    January 02, 2013 - 19:22

    Maybe snowplows should obey the road rules as well!! I was almost hit by a snowplow who was going through a stop sign not even paying attention, had to hit my brakes and let him go or he would have ran into me!!

  • wtf
    January 02, 2013 - 07:56

    At 6:30 this morning the sander went down our road. 20 minutes later the plow came by and pushed all the sand and salt to the side of the road. That's the snowclearing strategy in CB. Looks like hardpack for the rest of winter.

  • Rod
    December 31, 2012 - 16:39

    Also how these city snowplow operators are using "Our snowplows" to plow the roads plus their own driveways while burrying in their neigbours, plus taking snow away from their own driveways as well. Maybe we have to look from within Mr. Kennedy.

  • Mike
    December 31, 2012 - 11:41

    It's fascinating how the Corner Brook Public Works head can say the plowing is slow going, yet the moment you hit the Ring Rd. where Corner Brook's jursidiction when it comes to snow clearance ends, there is a MARKED difference in road conditions. How is it every single road outside Corner Brook can be reasonably if not completely cleared of snow, yet the instant you hit Corner Brook city limits the roads look as though they've never even been touched? I hear from people all the time that they won't get snow clearance on their streets for two days. Sorry Mr. Kennedy, not one person in Western Newfoundland that has spent any time in Corner Brook is believing a word you're saying at this point.

  • Shawn
    December 31, 2012 - 11:07

    Worst snow clearing that I can remember! Our road has seen the plow twice since last Thursday. Now, because they let it build up, there is about 6+ inches of hardpack with huge ruts in the road and they are done with it. It's not fit or safe for anyone to drive on. Last night around 6 pm I scanned the city for sight of the flashing blue lights of city plows....there was 1! Mr. Kennedy can really tell some whoppers. Does he think we don't know better? He's lucky that he doesn't have to be elected.