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Roads open after blizzard forces shutdowns through western Newfoundland and into Labrador

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Areas of the roadway were shut, including most of Route 430 on the Northern Peninsula.
  • Extreme climate Saturday forced road shutdowns across Newfoundland and Labrador on Sunday.

Roads open after severe climatic conditions in Nfld and Labrador: 

Multiple sections of the Trans-Canada Highway that were shut after being walloped with wind, rain and snow on Saturday are now unrestricted again, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Transportation is saying.

The whole of the Northern Peninsula Highway (Route 430) between Deer Lake and St. Anthony has reopened after much of the road was shut to traffic till Sunday afternoon.

Areas of the highway north of St. Anthony Airport, including Route 432 from Plum Point to St. Anthony Airport, and Route 433 to Englee, are also once again unrestricted to traffic.

The only road shutdown on the island as of 5:30 p.m. impacts a tiny portion of the Cape St. George Highway (Route 463) on the Port-au-Port Peninsula.

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The roads closed earlier due to blizzards reopen

The Southern Labrador Highway (Route 510) stays shut from Pinware to Port Hope Simpson and the approximately 300-kilometre stretch from Cartwright Junction to the intersection of Highway 510 and Highway 500 outside Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Absurd weekend climate

Sunday’s road shutdowns came after shrieking winds and serious snow struck the west coast of the island, the Northern Peninsula and large swaths of Labrador, while numerous other regions were drenched with rain.

Blizzard signs along the west coast and Northern Peninsula, including in Rocky Harbour, Corner Brook and Stephenville, have been raised and substituted with wind alerts in those regions. 

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