It’s been one hell of a weekend in eastern Canada. Less of a “snow day,” more of a—and, yes, this is a real weather term—“bomb cyclone.” The capital of Newfoundland, St. John’s, was hit with 30 inches of snow in 24 hours, shattering a previous record, the Weather Channel reported. Officials also recorded snowdrifts as high as 15 feet on some highways, more than a few of which required help from Canadian armed forces to clear.
While the province is no stranger to blizzards, this storm’s sheer ferocity prompted a state of emergency on Friday. Between the record snowfalls and nearly hurricane-force winds buffeting the area, one veteran meteorologist of the area, Eddie Sheerr, called it “the worst winter storm I have ever seen.” And judging from the footage he and other residents shared on Twitter, that’s no exaggeration.
— Eddie Sheerr (@EddieSheerr) January 17, 2020
This. Is. Crazy. #StateofEmergency #nlwhiteout #snowstorm #nlweather #blizzard #Newfoundland #nlblizzard2020 #nlstorm #nltraffic @VOCMNEWS @hitsfm #Snowpocalypse2020 #Snowmageddon pic.twitter.com/eanqZGKdLo
— Samantha Foley (@SamanthaLee20) January 18, 2020
— CBC Newfoundland and Labrador (@CBCNL) January 19, 2020
— Mark Gray ???????? (@GrayMarker99) January 17, 2020
A very special shoutout to this user, though, for their glorious contribution to #stormageddon2020 coverage.
— ????️????Cardeladida????️???? (@ctrain_nl) January 17, 2020
While the storm has since moved on towards Greeland, a state of emergency remains in effect as some 7,000 residents still lack power, according to the Washington Post. While that’s down from an estimated peak of 10,000 people on Friday, even quantifying the blizzard’s aftermath remains a task in and of itself.
“Our crews are out, patrolling by foot where necessary, to assess storm damage,” Newfoundland Power tweeted Saturday. “Heavy snow drifts and narrow roads are making getting around tough.”
For now, it seems all Newfoundlanders can do is tuck in and hibernate. Right after sharing this ridiculous—even by their standards!—snowfall on social media, of course.
— David Mo (@Davidcfmo) January 18, 2020
So this is how it ends...buried alive lol pic.twitter.com/X9t1H8NrIv
— Ernie Powell (@etrevorpowell) January 17, 2020
— Sam ???? Rose Colored Art (@art_colored) January 17, 2020
Somewhere under all this is a row of cars and front doors. This is going to take a while. pic.twitter.com/RGmIeaJfsf
— Bob Hallett (@bobhallett) January 18, 2020
— Alexander Broad (@alexanderjbroad) January 18, 2020
Results of a record-breaking blizzard in Newfoundland... ???? pic.twitter.com/oTgLqZ3vwV
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) January 19, 2020
— CBC Newfoundland and Labrador (@CBCNL) January 20, 2020