The mayor of St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador provinces in eastern Canada, was virtually paralysed by overnight snow, and the mayor of St. John declared a state of emergency at 11 a.m. local time (January 17, 23:30 bst).
The environment department expects the final snow thickness to exceed 70 cm, or waist-deep snow.
At present, the airport in St. John’s has been closed, shops closed, schools closed. The local government asked residents not to go out, even in the event of a power outage, and to prepare 72 hours of food and first aid kits. Traffic was paralysed by thick snow, and strong winds of up to 150km/h rolled snow, causing visibility to drop dramatically. Vehicles can easily get out of control or get stuck in snow in this weather, and it is difficult to carry out rescue steam after an accident.