The city of St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, declared a state of emergency on January 17 as the province was battered by a blizzard that brought high winds and driving snow.
Local authorities ordered all area businesses to close and closed the roads to all traffic except emergency vehicles. Local reports said plowing was also suspended.
Over 14 inches of snow had fallen in St John’s by 1.30 pm local time, reports said, and the city was expected to receive up to 30 inches of snow in all.
Video filmed by radio journalist Jolene Grimes shows white-out conditions on a street in St John’s before authorities closed the roads. Credit: Jolene Grimes via Storyful