Newfoundland roads perilous as snow changes to freezing rain
The third storm in a week to strike Newfoundland made travel difficult and at times dangerous Monday in western and southern parts of the island.
High winds and snow-covered roads prompted the Newfoundland and Labrador transportation department to urge motorists to stay off the regional highway leading to Burgeo, on the island's south coast.
A similar warning was also issued for the stretch of the Stephenville Access Road leading to Port aux Basques.
In St. John's, one car was on its side on the Outer Ring Road westbound lanes near the Thorburn Road exit.
The City of St. John's is warning residents that plows will be too busy clearing the roads to conduct any snow clearing Monday night.
RCMP advised motorists to stay off highways unless absolutely necessary as whiteout conditions decreased visibility on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Road conditions between the Avondale off ramp and the Witless Bay off ramp were particularly bad, with wind blowing snow across the highway.
On the Burin Peninsula, conditions were so bad that officials pulled equipment from a highway near Lawn. Portions of the nearby highway remain blocked.
The storm is not expected to bring a great deal of snow, although it comes on top of a series of storms through the month that have left hefty snow cover in much of the island.
Winds, however, are expected to be high, with gusts hitting as much as 140 km/h in the notorious area of Wreckhouse on Newfoundland's west coast.
Marine Atlantic tied up its ferries in both Newfoundland and Nova Scotia for at least a morning crossing until the storm subsides.
Environment Canada has issued snowfall warning for central Newfoundland, and blowing snow warnings for the west coast.
On Newfoundland's east coast, blowing snow is expected to be followed by ice pellets.