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Schools and services remain closed, storm warnings still in effect

Schools and services remain closed, storm warnings still in effect
Schools and services remain closed, storm warnings still in effect

Weather warnings and winter storm advisories remain in effect for much of Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday. Schools and some services will be closed in the morning.

Weather warnings and winter storm advisories remain in effect for much of Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday, with schools and some services closed for the morning. (Patrick Butler/Radio-Canada)

Weather warnings and winter storm advisories remain in effect for much of Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday. Schools and some services are closed in the morning.

Schools operating under NLSchools — formerly the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District — in the St. John’s metro area are closed for the day, as are St. Bonaventure’s College, Lakecrest, École Rocher-du-Nord and Baltimore School in Ferryland.

Memorial University has announced that its campuses, including the Marine Institute, Signal Hill campuses, and the daycare center, will remain closed for the remainder of the day. As a result, all evening classes have been canceled.

Metrobus and GoBus services are canceled all day Thursday, and city facilities in St. John’s and Mount Pearl, including community centers and city halls, will also remain closed for the rest of the day.

A spokesperson for the City of St. John’s also announced that the closure extends to the residential drop-off at Robin Hood Bay. However, the waste management facility will remain open.

The City of Mount Pearl has also announced that their recreation facilities will remain closed until further notice. An update will be provided at 3:30 p.m. In the meantime, the city has stated that their trash and recycling collections will be postponed.

City of Paradise facilities, including City Hall and the Double Ice Complex, remain closed and trash and recycling collection has been canceled for the day.

The provincial government had postponed the opening and announced late in the morning that government offices would remain closed for the rest of the day.

The courts in St. John’s, including the sheriff’s office and Family Justice Services, will also remain closed all day.

Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation stores in St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Paradise and Conception Bay South will also be opening later. More information will be provided soon.

Clarenville High School, Clarenville Middle School, Heritage Collegiate in Lethbridge, Riverside Elementary in Clarenville and Anthony Paddon Elementary in Musgravetown are also closed for the morning, with an update at 10:30 a.m.

Much of the province is digging after Wednesday’s heavy snowfall. The snow is expected to continue Thursday, with the Avalon Peninsula expected to see another five to ten centimetres, said Rodney Barney, a meteorologist with Environment Canada’s Gander weather office.

Environment Canada expects total snowfall in eastern and northeastern Newfoundland, from St. John’s to Bay of Exploits, to be 40 to 60 centimetres.

According to Environment Canada, maximum wind gusts in the region are 80 km/h.

Barney said winter storm warnings have ended for the Burin Peninsula and southern Avalon, with only one to two centimetres of snow expected in the region on Thursday.

Barney said the Gander area has seen a lot of snow and more snow is expected to fall on Thursday. A total of 20 to 30 inches of snow is expected in the area before the snow tapers off on Friday.

A winter storm warning is also in effect for Postville and Makkovik. A total snowfall of 50 centimeters is expected along the coast, up to 100 centimeters or more inland and in areas with higher ground.

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