Songbirds Nibble on Seeds as 'Unprecedented' Blizzard Rages in St John's

Songbirds in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, seemed unfazed by wind and snow as they ate from a backyard feeder during a blizzard on January 17.

The city of St John’s declared a state of emergency on Friday as the province was battered by a blizzard that brought high winds and driving snow. Local authorities ordered all area businesses to close and closed the roads to all traffic except emergency vehicles. Local reports said plowing was also suspended.

Over 14 inches of snow had fallen in St John’s by 1.30 pm local time, reports said, and the city was expected to receive up to 30 inches of snow in all.

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary spokesman James Cadigan told local media, “This is an unprecedented kind of event, this is easily on pace for a record snowfall.” Credit: S. Mills-Wiseman via Storyful