Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Eastern Newfoundland Lashed by Blizzard with 'Punch'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Eastern Newfoundland Lashed by Blizzard with 'Punch'

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Storm with 'punch' hits Newfoundland

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Much of eastern and southern Newfoundland was lashed Thursday by a blizzard that could dump up to 70 centimetres of snow in some areas by the time it moves offshore.

RCMP Sgt. Marc Coulombe says there have been several accidents on slippery roads across the Avalon Peninsula, but nothing serious.

"Roads are snow-covered and the winds have picked up," he said in an interview from St. John's. "We have blowing snow and visibility is down to half a kilometre."

Despite the harsh weather, Coulombe said his neighbours seemed to be coping.

"I think Newfoundlanders have headed the warnings of the weather people and we'v opted to stay off the roads until this all blows through."

Flight cancellations were piling up at St. John's International Airport late Thursday, where gusts were reaching 70 kilometres per hour. More interruptions are expected in the next couple of days.

Intercity bus service has also been disrupted. …

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