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MUN, CNA, others have closed; police warns roads worsening
Road conditions have quickly deteriorated in metro this morning.
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A storm has closed metro schools, courts, MUN and other institutions while police are warning drivers to slow down.
Weather watches and warnings are in effect for the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador, including St. John's and vicinity where a winter storm warning remains in effect.
The blowing snow is expected to begin to mix with rain, potentially changing over to rain showers.
More blowing snow, reducing visibility, is expected in the early afternoon, with the wind at 50 kilometres per hour, blowing gusts of up to 80 kilometres per hour late this afternoon. Along the coasts, those gusts could run to 100 kilometres per hour.
The weather has prompted the English School District to close schools in the St. John's area.
Memorial University closed its St. John’s and Marine Institute campuses for the morning and mid-afternoon for all faculty, staff and students. MUN's childcare centre is also closed. The facilities will open for evening classes and other activities at 5 p.m.
The College of the North Atlantic's St. John's campus is also closed for the day.
Courts in St. John's are closed for the day as well as are public libraries in the city.
Between 7:30 and 8 a.m., motorists began noting on Twitter some roads were getting slick and visibility getting tricking in some locations, such as the Salmonier Line, the Outer Ring Road and other routes around metro.
GoBus and some Metro Bus routes were experiencing delays as well.
"Pitts memorial. Can't see a hand in front of you," NL Traffic follower Megan O'Brien posted.
"Tried to get to work, no plow, no salt, on Route 80 (Trinity Bay South) slippery as heck #nltraffic so much for getting ahead of the weather," posted Dean Harnum.
Others also reported not seeing plows on their morning drive, such as one motorist travelling from Flatrock to St. John's.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary on Twitter warned that driving conditions in metro "have quickly deteriorated" and asked drivers to reduce their speeds gve themselves extra time to get to work.
In a later update, the RNC said: "Near ZERO visibility ... in most of Metro due to extremely poor (weather). Please turn lights on and clear snow from windows!"
Total snowfall is expected to be about 15 cm in St. John’s and surrounding areas.
Tonight, there will be blowing snow and a 60 per cent chance of added flurries, with a low of minus 11 degrees.
Tomorrow is expected to include flurries, with little accumulation.