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ST. JOHN’S, NFLD — In case you’ve been living under a rock – or 93 centimetres of snow – Newfoundland has been buried underground following a historic blizzard last Friday.
A state of emergency in St. John’s and surrounding areas was called after many parts of the province were pummelled by a record-breaking snowstorm over the weekend. A new all-time daily snowfall record of 76.2 cm was seen in St. John’s on Friday, beating the previous record of 68.4 cm back on April 5, 1999.
With the white stuff continuing to fall throughout the weekend, parts of St. John’s saw over 90 cm, while snow levels in other communities like Mount Pearl and Paradise surpassed 100 cm.
The state of emergency in St. John’s entered its fourth day on Monday, prohibiting businesses from opening and cars from driving on roads. The Canadian Armed Forces sent 150-200 troops to Newfoundland yesterday, reports the CBC, with an approximately 100 more arriving today.
Despite being dumped on, Newfoundlanders shovelled their way out with a smile and a sense of humour. Many took to Twitter to make the best of the situation, as only Newfoundlanders can.
Here are some of our favourite tweets:
Crafty Newfoundlanders ❄️
Feels like the rest of Canada 🇨🇦 should just be quiet about snow and winter after all Newfoundland is going through! 💨#StateofEmergency #NLStorm2020 #NLblizzard #Snowpocalypse2020 #Snowmageddon pic.twitter.com/rrAGaZ90CC
— Katherine Dines (@KatherineDines) January 18, 2020
I’m sure there are many people who have either done this, or it’s on the bucket list! Thanks to 📸 Ryan Pierce @pierceryan1812 Insta for reporting this to us! #nlblizzard2020 #NLStorm2020 #NLblizzard pic.twitter.com/O6sXJy13gx
— WEATHER/ METEO WORLD (@StormchaserUKEU) January 18, 2020
— NHL Puckman (@nhlpuckman) January 18, 2020
I haven’t visited #newfoundland and it’s one of my big travel regrets. Only heard amazing things, so planning on trying for a trip soon. Maybe this guy can serve us drinks? #NLStorm2020 #snowstorm #SnowStorm2020 pic.twitter.com/VqURpnLWrU
— 🚀Melissa Tait (@meltait) January 19, 2020
— Steve Hutchings (@steve_hutchings) January 18, 2020
— Cathy Downey (@cathdowney) January 20, 2020