PORTLAND CREEK Port Saunders RCMP said Thursday afternoon that Rte 430-28 is now open to one lane of traffic between Port Saunders and Port Aux Choix after it was temporarily closed due to a washout earlier in the day.
Police are asking drivers to proceed with extreme caution and reduced speeds if travelling in the area.
Provincial work crews have been busy today after a section of Route 430 near Portland Creek washed away.
Scott Barefoot, Transportation and Works communications director, said in a statement that warm weather and rapid waters damaged the road. Although the water has receded significantly, crews are still backfilling at the site in an attempt to stem the damage.
The incident is one of several around the province as the spring thaw has created havoc after a snowy winter.
Similar incidents could be on the way, as Environment Canada has issued a statement in anticipation of spring snowfall expected to impact much of the island Saturday.
Motorists are urged to drive with caution as crews work to repair Route 430.
It looks like Mother Nature will be messing with the weather this weekend, so if you were planning on having an outdoor Easter egg hunt, you better move it inside.
A washout has already been reported south of Portland Creek on the Viking Trail. Crews are currently working on the strech of highway.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement that’s covering most of the island for Saturday.
The weather agency is calling for a “significant spring snowfall” on Saturday.
Areas affected include Deer Lake, Port aux Basques and Burgeo.
Environment Canada says a low pressure system will bring a spring snowfall to most of the island on Saturday. Over southeastern Newfoundland, the snow may mix with ice pellets or change to rain Saturday afternoon before changing back to snow Saturday night.
With some uncertainty in the track and intensity of the low, Environment Canada says it’s too soon to determine exactly where the highest snowfall accumulations will occur. But current indications show that between 15 to 30 centimeters of snow may fall over parts of eastern Newfoundland.
While Corner Brook is not included in the special weather statement it will still see some snow on Saturday.
But for now, it’s some sun and cloud for today and Friday with a high of 1 C today and 4 C on Friday.
The snow on Saturday will be followed by sun and cloud on Sunday with a high of -3 C.
Deer Lake will see much the same conditions for today and Friday.
Port aux Basques will also see some sun and cloud today and Friday. Temperature highs out there will range from 1 to 2 C.
And according to The Weather Network Stephenville will experience some sun and cloud today. Temperature is currently at -3 C.
Friday will look much the same and there’s some snow in the forecast for Saturday.