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Snow is piled high at a home in Gander, Nfld., on Jan. 3, 2019 in this handout photo.Eric Chisholm/The Canadian Press

Residents are digging out after one of the biggest snowfalls ever recorded in Gander, Nfld.

“It’s quite a scene driving around today,” Environment Canada meteorologist David Neil said from the Gander weather office.

A powerful storm blanketed much of the province on Wednesday, with St. John’s and some other communities getting more than 40 centimetres.

But Gander, in central Newfoundland, was hardest hit, with 58 centimetres recorded at the town’s airport.

Combined with snow already on the ground, depth has piled up to 101 centimetres at the airport, Mr. Neil said. “It’s certainly a bit of work to get some of that cleared out of the way.”

Gander Mayor Percy Farwell thanked the workers who were out clearing the streets for their efforts after most residents – including Mr. Farwell himself – spent Wednesday snowed in.

“I’ve been out and around town a fair bit today and I must say I’m extremely pleased with what I see in terms of the work our folks have done,” he said on Thursday.

“It looks beautiful out there now – it didn’t look very beautiful when I walked out up to my armpits to my driveway this morning,” he said.

In St. John’s, 46 centimetres were reported at the city’s airport and Terra Nova recorded 40 centimetres.

The storm battered the island Tuesday night and throughout the day Wednesday, resulting in most government and city offices in St. John’s shutting down for the day, as intense wind gusts created whiteout conditions on the roads.

Bonavista recorded the highest wind gusts during the storm, peaking at 128 kilometres an hour, while other municipalities on the Avalon Peninsula also experienced winds of more than 100 km/h.

Mr. Neil said more snowfall is in the forecast for the province on Saturday night into Sunday.

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