Heavy drifting causes chaos on Newfoundland highways

Sections on several highways in Newfoundland were temporarily closed Wednesday, as provincial officials brought in extra help to try to clear drifts as high as four metres.
Drifting on the highway connecting Port aux Basques and Rose Blanche temporarily blocked the highway, with only one lane later available in many areas. (RCMP)

Sections on several highways in Newfoundland were temporarily closed Wednesday, as provincial officials brought in extra help to try to clear drifts as high as four metres.

The highway connecting Port aux Basques and Rose Blanche reopened Wednesday afternoon, albeit with only one lane open in many places. 

The Burgeo highway was closed as it was deemed unsafe to travel. 

In eastern Newfoundland, drifting on the Trans-Canada Highway was severe enough to halt eastbound traffic near Butter Pot Park. Later, the Department of Transportation and Works brought in extra crews to clear drifts from the highway, while traffic was restricted to one lane. 

Conditions in southwestern Newfoundland were so serious that the transportation department was escorting vehicles between Cape Ray and Port aux Basques.

Crews from the City of Corner Brook have been recruited to help clear roads in the Port aux Basques region.

RCMP also reported near-zero visibility on parts of the TCH as well as some regional highways, including in the Witless Bay area and near Southern Harbour.