Stormy weather whacks southwestern Newfoundland
Schools closed and cars were pushed off windy highways in parts of Newfoundland early Friday, as a wintry storm proved the start of spring does not necessarily mean a change in the weather.
RCMP reported that driving conditions in parts of southwestern Newfoundland were "very dangerous" and said caution should be used between Port aux Basques and Stephenville.
Police said several vehicles were off the Trans-Canada Highway in the notorious Wreckhouse area, which is known for extremely high winds. RCMP said drivers should avoid the area.
The Department of Transportation and Works has also reported poor driving conditions on the Burin Peninsula.
Freezing drizzle has caused some sections between Swift Current and Marystown and into Grand Bank to become slippery and slushy. Water build-up has also become a factor in the area.
Schools in numerous communities in southern and western Newfoundland closed for at least the morning. A school in Daniel's Harbour noted that icy roads delayed its opening by two hours.
Police said highways and regional roads in western Newfoundland were being hit by blowing snow, whiteouts and heavy drifting.
Environment Canada has continued its blowing snow warning for the eastern section of the Northern Peninsula and the Port Saunders area. A wind warning has been extended for parts of the west coast of the island, including Gros Morne and Corner Brook and vicinity.