Canadians see 30 inches of snow in 24 hours, 15-foot drifts as record blizzard pounds East

by Daniel Payne · Jan 20th, 2020 3:53 pm

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A record-setting blizzard slammed the eastern part of Canada this weekend, dumping two and a half feet of snow across much of the landscape and piling up 15-foot snowdrifts in some places.

The City of St. John's, the capital city of Newfoundland, was under a state of emergency after the major snowstorm. Businesses were ordered closed and motorists were banned from driving, while the Canadian military was called in to help clear the roads.

At the height of the storm, wind speeds were clocked at a maximum of 98 miles per hour. At one point, municipal authorities even pulled snowplows off the road due to safety concerns.

Around 21,000 residents of Newfoundland were reported without power on Saturday.