Recently published figures from Environment Canada shed light on the magnitude of the historic Newfoundland snowstorm.
Many communities in the eastern part of the province have been almost paralyzed since Friday when strong winds and record snowfall caused states of emergency.
Higher snowfall measurements were taken in areas outside of St. John, as shown by Environment Canada data.
The city of Mount Pearl, which borders the capital city, received 93 centimeters of snow, while the city of Paradise received 91 cm.
At the San Juan International Airport, 76.2 cm fell. That is the highest daily snowfall measured at the airport since at least 1942, when record keeping began. (Another two cm fell after 2:30 a.m., bringing the total storm to 78 cm)
The previous record of snowfall at the airport of 68.4 cm dates from April 5, 1999.
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Towards the center of the province, the storm was much less severe. The city of Gander received 35 cm of snow, according to a measure taken at the airport.
In addition to the snowfall, forecasters also warned of strong winds and storms.
Environment Canada says the storm’s highest wind gust was 171 km / h, measured on the small Green Island near Fortune Bay, near the French islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
In comparison, sustained winds of 119 km / h and more are considered hurricane force.
At St. John’s, measurements taken at various locations put maximum wind gusts in the range of 105 km / h to 134 km / h.
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball said the storm was “historic.”
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“It is having a profound impact on residents,” he said in an interview with Global News on Saturday.
Given the high snowfall levels, Ball said there were some cases of snowdrifts up to 15 feet, the extent of the damage is not known at this time.
The photos published on social networks showed snowdrifts large enough to completely wrap the cars and block the doors.
Some residents even used the steep streets of downtown St. John to ski and snowboard.
Members of the Canadian Forces headed to the island on Sunday to provide support and help the province dig after Ball requested federal assistance on Saturday.
Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said it was likely that 150 to 200 Canadian forces staff members were on the ground at the end of the day.
“This could increase between 250 and 300 by tomorrow and the next few days,” he told reporters in Winnipeg.
St. John’s and some surrounding communities remain in a state of emergency since Friday.
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While the closure of all businesses and the prohibition of all non-emergency vehicles on the roads of St. John were ordered, the city now allows the opening of service stations and pharmacies. Private plow drivers can also operate.
The San Juan International Airport announced that it will remain closed for commercial flights until at least Monday night.
A man, Joshua Wall, 26, has been missing since Friday in the Roaches Line area, about 70 miles west of St. John’s.
–With Canadian Press and Nick Logan files, Global News
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