Winter 2014 still packing a punch

Terry Roberts
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Heavy snowfall shuts down region; more on the way

The patience of those living in the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region is once again being tested by a late season snowstorm that has practicallly brought the area to a standstill.

Schools, many offices and special events have either been postponed or cancelled by a dumping of at least 30 centimetres of snow, with more in the forecast throughout the day and into the evening.

The roads are open and traffic is crawling along in many areas, but for many, the hard part is getting out of their driveways, with large windrows serving as a formidable barrier for those forced to pick up a shovel.

Forecasters say another 10 to 15 centimetres will fall this afternoon and into the evening, and there's a potential for ice pellets. 

The winds wil also pick up, with gusts expected to reach 70 kilometres per hour by Wednesday morning, bringing with it the possiblity of blowing snow and limited visibility.

For Gus Gosse, a resident of Back Cove Road North in Spaniard's Bay, this year's protracted winter conditions are starting to get irritating.

"In my view, any more than the snow in a can you use to decorate your windows is too much," he quipped, while shovelling a pathway in his driveway Tuesday morning.

One of the special events impacted by the storm is the Carbonear Kiwanis Music Festival. Morning sessions were cancelled, but organizers now say the event will resume this afternoon.

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