UPDATED: Schools and roads on Northern Peninsula impacted by Monday's blizzard

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Bonne Bay Academy in Woody Point will open for the afternoon session.

The school was one of six on the Northern Peninsula closed for the morning due to poor road conditions following a blizzard on Monday.

The other five schools will remain closed for the day.

Meanwhile, Labrador Straits Academy in L’Anse au Loup was also closed for the morning, however, an update on the status of the afternoon session has not yet been posted on the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District website, www.nlesd.ca.

 

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A few schools on the Northern Peninsula are closed this morning after a blizzard dumped snow on the area on Monday blocking roads in a lot of communities.

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, www.nlesd.ca, is reporting that Bonne Bay Academy in Woody Point, James Cook Memorial High in Cook’s Harbour, Canon Richards Memorial High in Flower’s Cove, Truman Eddison Memorial in Griquet, Viking Trail Academy in Plum Point and French Shore Academy in Port Saunders are all closed for the morning.

Labrador Straits Academy in L’Anse au Loup is also closed.

A further announcement on afternoon openings is expected at around 11 a.m.

Meanwhile, the reason for the closures for most of the schools is listed as being due to poor road conditions in the communities.

Earlier this morning the Department of Transportation reported that the road from Plum Point to St. Anthony was closed. However, at just after 9 a.m. the highway driving conditions section of the department’s website, www.roads.gov.nl.ca/highwaydriving/default.stm#Western, advised that the area from Plum Point to the St. Anthony Airport had been reopened. Side roads are still listed as being blocked and the road from the airport to St. Anthony is still closed.

From Gros Morne to Plum Point the road is listed as being snowcovered with slippery sections. The road in the St. John’s Bay area has been reopened but with narrow sections and drifting snow. Route 430-28  from Port Saunders to Port aux Choix is still blocked, as are routes 445 to 02 Reef’s Harbour and Bartlett’s Harbour.

The Burgeo Highway had also been listed as closed but was reopened just after 8 a.m. The Department of Transportation advises there are narrow sections and light drifting along the road.

Organizations: Department of Transportation, Bonne Bay Academy, Viking Trail Academy Plum Point and French Shore Academy Straits Academy St. Anthony Airport

Geographic location: Northern Peninsula, Plum Point, Port Saunders St. Anthony Woody Point L’Anse au Loup Port aux Choix

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