The town of Gander in Newfoundland, Canada is used to monstrous snowstorms. Its position adjacent to the Atlantic puts it a sweet spot for many ocean storms that develop off the coast of New England and race northeastward.
But the 54 inches (136 cm) from back-to-back Nor’easters over the past week was more than even it is accustomed to.
“I spoke with a resident of Gander who grew up in southern Labrador, an area that gets a ridiculous amount of snow in the winter,” said Newfoundland broadcast meteorologist Eddie Sheerr. “He said he’d never seen anything like what occurred this week.”
The snow this week fell on top of 41 inches (105 cm) already on the ground, producing an astonishing snow depth of 95 inches (241 cm), nearly 8 feet!
That snow depth was the most on record in Gander, by far, tweeted Newfoundland meteorologist Rodney Barney:
During the storm that subsided Tuesday, howling winds up to 50 mph created blizzard conditions that blew the snow into towering drifts.
Schools closed and whiteout conditions made travel virtually impossible.
The snow piled up so high that only the roofs of some homes were visible and second story windows the only way out:
The two huge storms this week, the first March 30-April 1, and the second April 3-4, produced more snow in seven days than Gander typically receives in a month, Barney tweeted:
Gander’s snowy start to April follows a record 80 inches of snow that fell in March.
“Sometimes you’ve got to just laugh about the absurdity of the weather that we can get in the ‘spring’,” Sheerr said. “Hopefully we can get some warmth soon enough and the snow of this winter will be a fond (of not so fond) memory.”