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Column: Ready, steady, safe: a call in stormy times

Dave White
Dave White - The Western Star

Locally, shovels, scoops and snowblowers are at the ready in Bay of Islands, we must suppose. On snow days, committed commuters and politically-astute teenagers know the routine well in Newfoundland and Labrador, or ought to — do be prepared.

Some 50 centimetres of drifting snow could settle on leeward coastal regions where the forecast winds blow offshore, like in hometown McIvers, and pounding surf is likely to be experienced along east-facing shorelines, like in Cox’s Cove and Bay of Islands south which bear the brunt.

Situated as such, communities on the lower north shore can be hard places to get out of, or into, after a winter nor’easter unless someone is on the ball.

Kudos to emergency first responders everywhere, police, firefighters, ambulance and rescue personnel, the road crews for getting them through, and to electrical utility linemen who brave the elements at times like these. Brave souls, all.

And that’s only the half of it. The snow turns to rain on Friday before the temperature drops below freezing by Saturday.

Indeed, contract service providers obliged to look after local roads in wintery McIvers were acting ahead of game Wednesday. Their heavy-duty plows were seen at work before daylight widening local byroads so that there’s room to shove more of the white stuff out of the way when it does come blowing through.

Highways personnel have also kept the shoulders of the main roads plowed back for safety’s sake, though drivers stand warned that fluctuating temps can result in slush invisible black ice forming on pavement. Steering and stopping become unusually tricky in such conditions.

Also to consider, ice underfoot, which can be particularly hazardous for the infirm and the elderly. Slip and fall accidents are potentially fatal.

Do be careful out there.

Yes, do be staying sure-footed as we start the New Year, not ending up on the flat of your ass.

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