Heavy snowfalls in the winter are nothing unusual for the Canadian province of Newfoundland. But what happened last week was historic even for that snowy location. A very strong low pressure system delivered extremely heavy snow and hurricane-force winds to Newfoundland. Officially at St. John’s Airport, 30 inches of snow fell on Friday, breaking the record for single-daily snowfall there. Combined with snowpack from previous storms and wind gusts up to 97 mph, snow drifts piled up to 15 feet high. This prompted a state of emergency to be declared and the Canadian military had to be sent in to clear the snow.
Dry weather is expected over Newfoundland through this weekend, but more snow is possible there early next week.