Snowstorm batters Trinity-Conception-Placentia

Schools, businesses close, roads shut down due to high tides

Published on February 14, 2017

Drifts accumulate midday on a snowy street in Bay Roberts Tuesday, Feb. 14.

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Anyone thinking of leaving the house this Valentine’s Day in the Trinity-Conception-Placentia area might want to consider taking a cue from schools and businesses.

Forecasters were calling for some intense weather Tuesday, and they were on target with that prediction. Strong winds and heavy snowfall closed all schools, College of the North Atlantic campuses, Academy Canada and many local businesses. Harbour Grace Provincial Court is also closed. Holyrood RCMP was also advising motorists to stay off the Trans Canada Highway.

Holyrood RCMP advised drivers to stay off the Trans Canada Highway Tuesday.
Holyrood RCMP

In Bay Roberts, Avalon North Wolverines Search and Rescue is on standby to set up a warming station in the event power goes out. On Monday, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro announced a power watch was in effect due to issues with the Holyrood combustion turbine.

Bay Roberts town council was scheduled to meet Tuesday night, but that meeting is now postponed until Feb. 21. Garbage collection was postponed in the community, with collection for all zones moved back by a day. Bay Arena is also closed for the day.

In Carbonear, high tides and rough seas forced the closure of Beach Road along the breakwater and Lower Road along Taylor’s Beach. Debris reportedly washed onto both roads. By early afternoon Tuesday, both roads reopened. The town office also closed for the day.

NLC locations in Bay Roberts, Carbonear and Placentia were closed for the morning. An update at noon said they will remain closed all day.

The scene in Bay Roberts Tuesday morning.
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Canada Post issued an advisory Tuesday morning announcing mail delivery is suspended until it is safe for carriers to resume duties. Eastern Health advises all community-based health centres and administrative offices are closed, though hospitals and long-term case facilities remain open.


‘Canada Post issues Red Service Alert for Eastern Newfoundland’

‘No power outages, yet anyway’

For the Northern Avalon, snowfall amounts of between 40-60 centimetres are expected by Wednesday afternoon. Conditions for the Placentia area should improve by Wednesday morning, with snowfall amounts there expected to reach upwards of 30 centimetres. Wind gust of up to 110 kilometres per hour are forecast for coastal areas.