Canada's easternmost province has been getting absolutely pummelled by wind and snow. With the city of St. John's entering a state of emergency, it's clear that the latest winter storm in the Atlantic is a big one. The Newfoundland blizzard was severe enough to warrant a response from the Prime Minister.

On January 18 at 10:39 AM ET, Justin Trudeau tweeted, "Thinking of our friends & neighbours in NL who are dealing with the aftermath of yesterday’s massive blizzard. Stay safe out there and listen to your local authorities. We’re here for you and stand ready to help in any way we can."

However, he was not the first federal leader to tweet about the blizzard.

Jagmeet Singh shared a message on January 17 at 12:48 PM, writing "People are being asked to stay inside and stay off the roads as the #nlstorm continues to hit eastern Newfoundland. Thanks to the first responders who are working through the storm. Stay safe everyone."

By the time the Prime Minister had tweeted, parts of the province, particularly the area around St. John's, had already been buried under almost a metre of snowfall.

Mayor Danny Breen had declared a state of emergency the previous day at 11:00 AM local time.

The state of emergency is still in effect through today. Businesses will remain closed and vehicles are still not allowed on the road.

Breen tweeted that he had received special permission to begin dumping excess snow from St. John's into the harbour.

"Thank you to MP @SeamusORegan & Sean Hanrahan of St. John’s Port Authority for their support in receiving short term permission to dump snow in @CityofStJohns Harbour to assist in this massive cleanup ahead. @EconDevStJohns
@DowntownStJohns #nlwx" Breen wrote.

Trudeau had just been in Newfoundland on January 16 to attend the funeral of former MP John Crosbie.

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