Winter storm conditions continued to impact south coast Tuesday

Diane Crocker
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Two transport trucks sit abandoned and partly off the Trans-Canada Highway at Wreckhouse near Port aux Basques. The highway remained closed late Tuesday.

It’s supposed to be spring, but winter has yet to leave the west coast.

The extended season is even drawing a few names of its own, including “sprinter” (a combination of spring and winter) and gnirps (that’s spring spelled backwards because the season seems to be going in reverse).

Most of the south coast was shut down Tuesday for the second day in a row. Schools in the Port aux Basques, Burnt Islands, Doyles and Burgeo school systems were all closed and students in the Francois and Ramea systems also got the day off.

Travel in the area was also affected as the Trans-Canada Highway from Tompkins to Port aux Basques and Port aux Basques to Rose Blanche was not passable.

At 5:32 p.m. the Department of Transportation was still advising motorists to stay off the roads in those areas.

Route 463,  Mainland to Cape St. George, was reported to be blocked with heavy drifts and the Burgeo Highway was also blocked. And for the third day in a row Marine Atlantic ferries remained in port.

Ferries are now scheduled to leave Port aux Basques and North Sydney today at 11:45 a.m.

The cancelled crossings are causing a backlog in commercial traffic. So much so that the lot at the North Sydney terminal was closed on Tuesday. Drivers were being advised to check in at the ticket booth where there would be issued a sequence number.

Travellers are advised to check the Marine Atlantic website,, for updates.

Things should improve around the region today with Environment Canada forecasting a mix of sun and cloud for the Port aux Basques area.

The winter storm in the Burgeo-Ramea area was expected to move off overnight and today the forecast calls for a mix of sun and cloud with wind gusts between 30 and 70 kilometres per hour.

The complete forecast can be found at

Organizations: Marine Atlantic, Burgeo school, Trans-Canada Highway Department of Transportation North Sydney terminal Environment Canada

Geographic location: Port aux Basques, Burnt Islands, Doyles Rose Blanche North Sydney

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