A timelapse video reveals how quickly a car became buried by snow as an unprecedented blizzard hit Canada. In just 24 hours, more than 30 inches of snow fell on St John’s city – the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador – where winds hit speeds of more than 60mph.
The video, published by CBC, was recorded outside a home in St John’s where many have become trapped inside their how homes without electricity. Today, the Canadian army will send up to 200 soldiers to help the province recover from the blizzard which has been nicknamed ‘Snowmageddon’.
Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan announced the military aid on Sunday night, saying soldiers would be helping to dig people free from buildings which had been blocked off and buried. The number of troops, both active and reserve, could reach 300 in the next few days based on need, Sajjan said.
Canadian weather forecasts predict four to six more inches to fall in the next few hours – meaning the clean-up effort may be made even more difficult. The massive snowstorm first swept into Newfoundland and Labrador on Friday, leaving many residents trapped indoors. Residents posted pictures of themselves opening their front doors and garages to reveal an impenetrable wall of snow.
Best video I’ve seen so far of the amount of snow in Newfoundland. pic.twitter.com/Nx64Ljzomd
— Mr Duff???️♂️ (@jim_duffus) 19 January 2020
A search is continuing for a man who has been missing for two days after vanishing as the blizzard reached its peak. Joshua Wall, 26, was reportedly walking home from a friend’s house on Friday afternoon when he texted him to say he’d got lost and that his phone was low on battery. Joshua’s parents say he has ‘health issues’ and is prone to panic attacks and unfamiliar with the area he was walking through.
Nora Wall, Josh’s mum, told CBC News: ‘My heart is breaking. I just hope he’s OK. I feel so helpless.’ Local police have urged residents nearby to check their cars, sheds and backyards in case he took shelter there.
A state of emergency, a first in the region since 1984, means businesses have to stay closed and drivers must stay off the roads while emergency work is carried out. Some local authorities have lifted their state of emergency decrees to allow private contractors to help clear snow.
Petrol stations were also allowed to provide fuel for snow clearing and pharmacies were allowed to open in the afternoon for emergency medication needs only. Authorities have urged people to prepare for further power outages in the coming days and to stock up on food and water.