Newfoundland requests military help after record blizzard

“The roads are impassable and that’s it, there’s nothing that can be done,” said Andrew Piercey, a dispatcher with Jiffy Cabs in St. John’s. The snow is over my head, said the City of St. John’s mayor.

Newfoundland’s premier asked for the Canadian military’s help Saturday as residents struggled to tunnel out from homes buried by the heaviest snowfall ever recorded in St. John’s.

Rob Carroll, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said St. John’s had experienced a one-day snowfall of 76.2 cm (30 inches), breaking the previous record of 68.4 cm (27 inches) on April 5, 1999. (Did you catch that? He’s talking about record snowfall, not only for the date, but for any date.)

St. John’s Mayor Danny Breen said he said he is about 178 cm tall (5-foot-8), and “the snow in front of my front step is over my head. I can’t see either one of my cars in the driveway.”

The City of St. John’s and several nearby communities declared states of emergency late Friday morning that remained in effect, which required businesses to close and all non-emergency vehicles to stay off streets. Even snowplows were pulled off roads as zero-visibility dropped to near zero

Widespread power outages were reported. Newfoundland Power said during the night that its crews were working to restore electricity for about 21,000 customers.

One resident described the snow as piled “up to your neck″ in some areas.

Thanks to Don Wilkening and Vance M. Raab for this link

12 thoughts on “Newfoundland requests military help after record blizzard”

  1. 178 cm is five foot 10 inches.

    This is in an area that’s used to heavy snowfall and even then they can’t cope.
    What will happen in coming years when this happens in areas further south ?
    Food can’t be delivered to shops.
    Airplanes can’t land or takeoff.
    Harbours freeze.

  2. But but but “children will not know what snow looks like ………….”
    Because of gorebull warming.

  3. Coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

    I think I would be busting my tukus (sp?) to keep a patch in front of my door clear and gradually build snow stairs to the evolving ground level.

    Sitting passively in my home, waiting for someone to come dig me out does not appeal to me at all.

    I guess it’s time to invest in a pair of snowshoes as well.

  4. was there snow before the one-day 30″ snowfall? How does 30″ of snow get to be over the head of a grown human? I’m not trying to be snarky. I don’t live in an area that gets snow. I don’t understand these measurements.

  5. The extreme weather is getting worse around the planet. What many don’t seem to know is that the weather is being manipulated, which we can clearly see here in the UK.

    When the Weather Machine is turned on down in WALES, then the JETSTREAM is forced to the North of the UK and all bad weather is stirred around the top of the UK and down the other side into Europe. We escape the winter weather as it is stirred over to Europe and this time it is Spain that gets it with massive snow stomrs as the Jetstream is now wave shaped. Above the wave is warm weather and below is very cold weather. Following the wave around the world we find that Canada and the USA is largely to the bottom of the JETSTREAM WAVE and it also experiencing heavy snows and storms and winds. As we can see what also just happend in Newfoundland, which is also to the South of the Jetstream. THE WEATHER is manipulated by the UK and the USA in particular.

    The real problem is that those who push the fake mantra of GLOBAL WARMING like to use the UK, as it is small and therefore easy to manipulate its weather – to state ‘ See how warm it is getting here with very mild winters?’, whilst the rest of the planet is seeing record cold temperatures -Best Wishes – Steve

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