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iN VIDEO: Up-close look of Newfoundland snowstorm courtesy of doorbell camera

The view from this Nest camera gives painful insight into the storm in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Basset Elshahat
January 20, 2020 - 12:15 PM

In case you've had a hard time visualizing just how much snow fell in St. John's, Newfoundland, or you've been feeling any degree of self pity about the snow we've had in B.C., you may want to watch this video.

Recorded on Bassem Elshahat's Nest front door camera, and posted on Facebook Saturday, this 30 second clip of 24 hours of snowfall offers staggering insight into how much digging out there is to do.

St. John's is currently in the fourth day of a state of emergency and Armed Forces personnel are helping the city dig out from an unprecedented snowfall.

Eastern regions of Newfoundland have been paralyzed since Friday when a major blizzard brought down record-breaking amounts of snow, with over 76 centimetres falling in a single day in the capital amid winds gusting over 150 kilometres per hour.

Premier Dwight Ball asked for Ottawa's help on Saturday after residents of the Avalon Peninsula awoke to drifts that clogged roads and blocked doors. The Canadian Armed Forces says it deployed 100 personnel from Fredericton Sunday and expected between 150 and 200 people on the ground by Sunday evening.

Some neighbouring communities lifted states of emergency during daytime hours starting Monday, but the provincial capital's remained in place, ordering businesses closed and people off the streets with exceptions for gas stations and private snow-clearing contractors. With a second snowfall on Sunday night, the city advised pharmacies would be closed Monday, updating later to say some may be allowed to open for prescriptions.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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