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Highest snowfall observed in N.L. storm was 93 cm: Environment Canada

Newly-released figures from Environment Canada are shedding light on the magnitude of Newfoundland‘s historic blizzard.

Many communities in the eastern part of the province have been at a near standstill since Friday when powerful winds and record-breaking snowfall prompted states of emergency.

The highest snowfall measurements were taken in areas just outside St. John’s, data from Environment Canada shows.

The city of Mount Pearl, which neighbours the capital city, received 93 centimetres of snow, while the town of Paradise received 91 cm.

At St. John’s International Airport, 76.2 cm fell. That’s the highest daily snowfall measured at the airport since at least 1942, when record-keeping began. (An additional two cm fell after 2:30 a.m., bringing the storm’s overall total to 78 cm)

The previous airport snowfall record of 68.4 cm dates back to April 5, 1999.

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Towards the centre of the province, the storm was far less severe. The town of Gander received 35 cm of snow, according to a measurement taken at the airport.

In addition to the snowfall, forecasters also warned of powerful winds and storm surges.

Environment Canada says the highest wind gust of the storm was 171 km/h, measured on tiny Green Island off Fortune Bay near the French islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.


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