Winter storm warning
March went out like a lion around much of the province on Monday.
A winter storm brought with it snow, blowing snow, ice pellets and freezing rain along much of the south coast and parts of the west coast.
The weather system forced the closure of schools in the Port aux Basques, Burnt Islands, Doyles, Burgeo, McKay’s, Port au Port, St. George’s and Stephenville systems.
At mid-morning the Department of Transportation closed the highway between Tompkins and Port aux Basques and from Port aux Basques to Rose Blanche citing that the roads were not passable and equipment was being taken off. Wreckhouse winds were being clocked at between 76 and 104 kilometres per hour.
The highway from Mainland to Cape St. George was also closed and it was reported that it was too stormy for equipment to operate on the Burgeo Highway.
By early evening the Department of Transportation website, http://www.roads.gov.nl.ca/highwaydriving/default.stm#Western, reported no change in those conditions.
Marine Atlantic cancelled its 11:45 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. crossings from both Port aux Basques and North Sydney on Monday.
Customers reserved for those sailings have been rebooked for Tuesday at 11:45 a.m., however, Marine Atlantic is advising that crossing may also be impacted by the weather as conditions are not expected to improve much.
Environment Canada’s winter storm warning and wind warnings continue for the Port aux Basques area Tuesday. That area can expect between 10 and 20 centimetres of snow with winds gusting to 80 km/hr.
A winter weather statement for the Corner Brook area has ended, although the forecast calls for periods of snow with accumulation of about two centimetres and blowing snow over exposed areas.
The complete forecast can be found at www.weather.gc.ca.
Schools throughout the southwest coast of Newfoundland have been closed for the remainder of the day as a spring storm passes across the island.
Schools in the Burgeo, Burnt Islands, Doyles, McKay's, Port au Port, Port aux Basques, St. George's, and Stephenville areas will remain closed for the afternoon because of the inclement weather.
There has been advisories issued by the RCMP and Department of Transportation pertaining to poor highway driving conditions too. Snowclearing equipment was removed from Burgeo Highway this morning and the highway was also closed from Tompkins to Port aux Basques and Port aux Basques to Rose Blanche. Route 463 — Mainland to Cape St. George is also closed.
The Marine Atlantic ferry between Port aux Basques and North Sydney continues to hold in port due to the heavy winds.