It will be a day of digging out on the Avalon and Eastern sections of Newfoundland.
The first blizzard and first significant snowfall of the season arrived on Saturday with a vengeance.
At the time of publication official snowfall totals aren't in. However some areas saw about 30 cm of snow. St. John's East measured 32 cm and 26 cm fell in Seal Cove.
Most businesses were shut down at the height of the storm yesterday. Traffic was brought to a standstill, and at St. John’s International Airport no flights were arriving or departing.
There were also numerous power outages. As the storm grew in intensity on Saturday Newfoundland Power was responding to multiple power outages across the Avalon. The weather at times prevented emergency repairs from taking place. There are still a few outages this morning.
Emergency crews were busy responding to multiple accidents on Saturday as well.
Damage was also reported at the Science Centre construction site at Memorial University. Debris blown from the structure crashed on to a man’s car. There were no injuries.
Please avoid the area where the new MUN is going. Everything is blowing off the building. This is my son in laws car right now. @VOCMNEWS @590VOCM @RNC_PoliceNL @NTVNewsNL @coast1011 @StJohnsTelegram pic.twitter.com/526fsYxaTd— Darlene Ryan Derible (@ItsiBitsiD) December 16, 2017
⚠️ TRAFFIC ADVISORY⚠️ Prince Phillip Drive is closed *EAST & WEST* bound between Morrisey’s Rd & Westerland Rd near @MemorialU until further notice due to fallen debris from construction site. #nltraffic #nlwx pic.twitter.com/VkxzOcmH9D— Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (@RNC_PoliceNL) December 16, 2017