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Armed Forces sent in following massive blizzard in Newfoundland and Labrador

Last Updated Jan 20, 2020 at 6:01 am PDT

The streets were quiet in St. John’s on Friday, January 17, 2020 as a major winter storm brought the city to a standstill. The City of St. John's has declared a state of emergency, ordering businesses closed and vehicles off the roads as blizzard conditions descend on the Newfoundland and Labrador capital. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Summary

A massive blizzard ravaged parts of Newfoundland this weekend

St. John's could see another 15 centimeters of snow before the Monday morning commute

The federal government is mobilizing the Armed Forces to help with the aftermath

ST. JOHN (NEWS 1130) — As the clean up continues following a record-breaking snowfall in Newfoundland and Labrador, the federal government is mobilizing the Armed Forces to help with the aftermath.

Over 70 centimetres fell over the provincial capital between Friday and Saturday, and St. John’s is set to see another 15 centimeters before the Monday morning commute.

All non-emergency vehicles are being urged to stay off the roads, and states of emergency remain in effect for St. John’s and several nearby communities.

Businesses have closed their doors as power crews worked to restore thousands of customers who lost electricity during the storm.

Canadian Armed Forces Operations say they hoped to arrive as early as today to help out in affected communities.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tweeted that the federal government stands ready to help Newfoundland and Labrador “if needed.”

Meanwhile, a search is resuming for a man who went missing during the storm in a community about 70 kilometres west of St. John’s.