UPDATE: Heart’s Content Barrens reopens as blizzard enters day two

Published on February 15, 2017

Bay Roberts residents are trying their best to keep ahead of the snow as it continues to accumulate.

©Submitted photo

As of just before noon Wednesday, the Heart's Content Barrens is once again open to traffic.

A Department of Transportation and Works spokeswoman advised The Compass the road is quite narrow. Crews are still working to widen the road.

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(Earlier story)

The nasty blizzard that effectively shutdown all activity in Eastern Newfoundland Tuesday continues to hammer the region.

Shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday, the Department of Transportation and Works announced the Heart’s Content Barrens (Route 74) was closed to traffic. This news came shortly after the department advised it was best to stay off all major roads in the Trinity-Conception area (Roaches Line, the Conception Bay Highway, Veteran’s Memorial Highway and Trinity Road). Government said it was mobilizing equipment to clear those roads.

People in Harbour Grace still have a lot of shovelling to do as of Wednesday morning.
Karen Barrett/TC Media

A spokeswoman for the department told The Compass shortly before 11 a.m. that all of those routes remained snow covered and slippery, with whiteout conditions continuing in open areas. She said a further update will come once weather condition improve and Route 74 reopens.

All K-12 schools in Trinity-Conception-Placentia are closed for the second straight day, with many businesses also choosing to remain closed for at least the morning.

A further 10-15 centimetres of snow is forecast for today in the Trinity-Conception area, with winds gusting up to 70 kilometres per hour. Less snow is due for Placentia, though wind gusts are forecast to be stronger.

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The snow and blowing snow will reportedly end this evening for the Trinity-Conception area, with a risk of freezing drizzle in the forecast this evening.

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