Another day, another storm

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Diane Crocker
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CORNER BROOK  Mother Nature must have something against the west coast of the province this past week.

After a wind and rain storm Monday night that turned city streets into sheets of ice and caused flooding in some areas, on Wednesday the city was hit with snowsqualls that at times resulted in zero visibility.

Environment Canada still had the city and much of the west coast under a snow squall warning late Wednesday afternoon that it said would continue into the night. Snowfall accumulations of around 15 centimetres were predicted.

Along with the low pressure system that brought the snow squalls came strong west to southwesterly winds. Along the Northern Peninsula the winds were forecast to hit 100 kilometres per hour. While the winds were to diminish later in the evening, Environment Canada said on its website, www.weather.gc.ca, that winds would continue to be strong and cold.

The same conditions hit other areas of the west coast as well and created nasty driving conditions.

The Department of Transportation and Works advised motorists to stay off the Trans-Canada Highway between Deer Lake and Corner Brook and reported that it was too stormy for equipment to operate from Riverside Drive to Massey Drive.

Motorists were also advised to stay of the Stephenville Access Road and the Burgeo Highway.

Highways in other areas of the west coast were reported to be snow covered with visibility nil at times.

Conditions are not expected to improve much today, with Environment Canada forecasting flurries and snowsqualls for much of the region with a snowfall accumulation of 2 cm except locally 5 cm in snow squalls.

Blowing snow over exposed areas is also a forecasted and winds from the west of 30 km/h gusting to 50. The temperature will be steady near -10.

Things should improve by Friday with a mix of sun and cloud and a temperature of -5 in the forecast. The outlook for the Wreckhouse, Stephenville, Deer Lake and Gros Morne is much the same.

Meanwhile, the weather and road conditions caused a number of closures and cancellations in the city on Wednesday.

Corner Brook Transit suspended its service at 1 p.m. and the city of Corner Brook also reported some delays with garbage collection. Buses are expected to resume service this morning.

Provincial government offices, the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing office, the Corner Brook Public Library, Supreme and provincial courts and the Humber Community YMCA all shutdown early.

And a public meeting on the plans for the new hospital in Corner Brook was postponed until tonight.

Organizations: Environment Canada, Department of Transportation and Works, Trans-Canada Highway Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corner Brook Public Library Humber Community YMCA

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Deer Lake, Stephenville Northern Peninsula Riverside Drive

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