What better way to welcome spring than with a winter storm?

Newfoundland welcomed the first day of spring Monday not with pansies or daffodils, but with a wet winter storm.

Snow and rainfall warnings remained in effect for much of the island part of the province, with Environment Canada predicting around 20 centimetres of snow in some areas.

According to various Twitter and Facebook updates, the Burin Peninsula had seen between 15 to 20 centimetres of snow by mid-afternoon, with precipitation switching to ice pellets.

Cape Pine had seen 15 centimetres of snow while the St. John's airport had four centimetres on the ground as of 3 p.m.

All schools in the St. John's area closed around noon. Memorial University campuses in St. John's will close at 5 p.m, and the College of the North Atlantic campuses closed at 3 p.m.

CNA campuses in Clarenville and Carbonear have also closed, along with some secondary schools in central Newfoundland.

Snowfall amounts between 15 and 25 centimetres are expected in Terra Nova, Burgeo, Connaigre, Clarenville, northern Avalon and the Burin Peninsula.

Most areas can expect mixes of freezing rain or ice pellets before switching over to rain in the evening.

The rain is expected to continue until Tuesday night, and rainfall warnings are also in effect for parts of the south coast and southern Avalon Peninsula.

This combination of weather will make for significant snow melt and pooling water.

In the Port aux Basques area, a Wreckhouse wind warning is also in effect, with gusts expected around 100 km/h Monday afternoon.

In the Gander and northern Bonavista area, as well as St. John's, snowfall between 10 and 15 centimetres will fall between Monday morning and evening. From Grand Falls-Windsor to the Bay of Exploits, accumulation will be around two to five centimetres.