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Snowplows were out in full force in Deer Lake Thursday as at least eight inches of snow fell during the day, with temperatures at around -10. The weather forecast calls for the snow to taper off later tonight but the temperatures will remain well below freezing.
DEER LAKE RCMP reported one accident on the Trans-Canada Highway near Pasadena and snowplow operators had a tough timekeeping up as some areas in Deer Lake reported up to a foot of snow during Thursday’s storm.
Police say two males were taken to hospital with minor injuries after the accident at the east end of Pasadena on Main St. near the highway turnoff. It was still being investigated as mid-afternoon but they said harsh road conditions and the inclement weather most likely played a part.
Sgt. Terry Foster of the Deer Lake RCMP said drivers need to use common sense now that snow is a factor on the roads.
“We’re asking everyone to slow down and watch how much distance there is between cars,” he said. “Anyone who doesn’t have to be on the road, really shouldn’t be out there when it’s like this.”
Town of Deer Lake representatives were also asking people to stay off the road, but for different reasons. Town superintendent Dave Thomas said work crews started snow clearing Thursday morning and were having a difficult time keeping up.
“We cleared out road sections at 11 a.m. and (three hours later) there’s almost a foot of snow back,” he said. “All our machines are out, everyone is on the road doing their best to keep ahead of it.”
He said vehicles on the roads can impede the progress of the snowplow operators, and they are also asking for anyone who does not need to be out to stay home.
The Deer Lake Regional Airport reported two minor delays Thursday and a representative said crews were managing to keep the runway clear. Transportation Department snowplows were also out in full force Thursday and schools in the area remained open.