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Overnight blizzard wallops Eastern Newfoundland, with more wintery weather on the way

An overnight snowstorm — the first of 2019 — hit Eastern Newfoundland hard, resulting in numerous delayed openings for business and schools.

Those who have already been out with their shovels Wednesday morning may want to keep them close by, as the current forecast indicates more snow is on the way alongside strong winds.

According to the provincial government’s Highway Driving Conditions Report, most provincial roads were snow-covered, slippery and slushy by mid-morning Wednesday, with visibility mostly fair. College of the North Atlantic campuses in Bonavista, Burin, Carbonear and Clarenville will remain closed for the day. Garbage collection in Clarenville and Holyrood was also postponed to Thursday.

A blizzard warning remains in effect for Clarenville, with an additional 15-to-35 centimetres of snow expected for the Clarenville area by Thursday morning and wind gusts of up to 130 kilometres per hours for exposed areas along the coast. Snowfall amounts are lower for the northern Avalon Peninsula, though the combination of snow and wind is expected to create whiteout conditions for that area Wednesday night. The Burin Peninsula has a blowing snow advisory in effect, with conditions due to improve Wednesday evening.

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