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Check Out the Historic Weekend Blizzard Canadians Are Still Digging Out Of

It’s been one hell of a weekend in eastern Canada. Less of a “snow day,” more of a – and, yes, this is a real weather term – “bomb cyclone.” The capital of Newfoundland, St. John’s, was hit with 30 inches of snow in 24 hours, shattering a previous record, the Weather Channel reported. Officials also recorded snowdrifts as high as 15 feet on some highways, more than a few of which required help from Canadian armed forces to clear.

While the province is no stranger to blizzards, this storm’s sheer ferocity prompted a state of emergency on Friday. Between the record snowfalls and nearly hurricane-force winds buffeting the area, one veteran meteorologist of the area, Eddie Sheerr, called it “the worst winter storm I have ever seen.” And judging from the footage he and other residents shared on Twitter, that’s no exaggeration.

This is the worst winter storm I have ever seen. Period. #NLwx pic.twitter.com/D0M67q6vgJ

– Eddie Sheerr (@EddieSheerr) January 17, 2020

This. Is. Crazy. #StateofEmergency #nlwhiteout #snowstorm #nlweather #blizzard #Newfoundland #nlblizzard2020 #nlstorm #nltraffic @VOCMNEWS @hitsfm #Snowpocalypse2020 #Snowmageddon pic.twitter.com/eanqZGKdLo

– Samantha Foley (@SamanthaLee20) January 18, 2020

The unprecedented snowfall in St. John’s buried countless cars overnight, including this one. #NLStorm2020 pic.twitter.com/oYDY3ujbJG

– CBC Newfoundland and Labrador (@CBCNL) January 19, 2020

This is looking out my living room window! As we say in Bonavista, it’s Mudless Rough!! #snowmaggedon2020 #nlwx #nlstorm pic.twitter.com/SkzF2IjKsI

– Mark Gray 🇨🇦 (@GrayMarker99) January 17, 2020

While the storm has since moved on towards Greenland, a state of emergency remains in effect as some 7,000 residents still lack power, according to the Washington Post. While that’s down from an estimated peak of 10,000 people on Friday, even quantifying the blizzard’s aftermath remains a task in and of itself.

“Our crews are out, patrolling by foot where necessary, to assess storm damage,” Newfoundland Power tweeted Saturday. “Heavy snow drifts and narrow roads are making getting around tough.”

For now, it seems all Newfoundlanders can do is tuck in and hibernate. Right after sharing this ridiculous – even by their standards! – snowfall on social media, of course.

Mildly claustrophobic this morning. Otherwise, slushie anyone? #snowmaggedon2020 #nlblizzard2020 #blizzard2020 #nlwx #NLblizzard pic.twitter.com/8uoSQZGZG0

– David Mo (@Davidcfmo) January 18, 2020

So this is how it ends…buried alive lol pic.twitter.com/X9t1H8NrIv

– Ernie Powell (@etrevorpowell) January 17, 2020

This has never happened in the 10 years we have lived here! #nlwx #nlblizzard2020 #snowmaggedon2020 #nlweather pic.twitter.com/Td84BCdHmB

– Sam 🎨 Rose Colored Art (@art_colored) January 17, 2020

Somewhere under all this is a row of cars and front doors. This is going to take a while. pic.twitter.com/RGmIeaJfsf

– Bob Hallett (@bobhallett) January 18, 2020

Torontonians claiming they’re going to get hit by a massive storm, meanwhile in Newfoundland… #stormageddon2020 pic.twitter.com/FrUzD8noLV

– Alexander Broad (@alexanderjbroad) January 18, 2020

Results of a record-breaking blizzard in Newfoundland… 😱 pic.twitter.com/oTgLqZ3vwV

– Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) January 19, 2020

‘This is how a close-knit neighbourhood stays connected,’ says Wally Meade, showing off his local cul-de-sac maze in Conception Bay South, N.L. ❄ #nlwx #nlblizzard2020 pic.twitter.com/apTsZWHeKc

– CBC Newfoundland and Labrador (@CBCNL) January 20, 2020

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