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April 5, 1999: St. John's record-breaking blizzard

Staff writers
April 5, 2013 — A low pressure system moving into Atlantic Canada this weekend is set to bring 25 mm of rain to some areas. But 14 years ago it was a different story, an unimaginable 70 cm of snow brought havoc to St. John's, Newfoundland.

On April 5, 1999, a major blizzard paralyzed St. John's, Newfoundland, burying the city in almost 70 cm of snow.

The heavy snow brought down trees and power lines.
Power outages made getting fuel for snow-blowers a challenge.

The majority of streets became impassable.

Police warned drivers to stay home unless absolutely necessary.

The official record was 68.4 cm -- the highest single day total for any major Canadian city in history.

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