Freezing rain in parts of Newfoundland closes some schools

Freezing rain in parts of Newfoundland closes some schools

A freezing rain warning is in effect for parts of central and western Newfoundland today, prompting some schools to close for the morning.

Environment Canada says a "very long duration and intense period" of freezing rain is starting Thursday morning and continuing into Friday for northern parts of central Newfoundland.

Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing some time Friday, and the freezing rain should taper to drizzle.

For parts of the northeast coast, however, temperatures are expected to stay low, as freezing rain continues Friday.

Accumulations around 20 millimetres are expected to fall, and significant ice build up will make for slippery conditions.

Environment Canada is warning people to be cautious on highways and roads.

Further west, a combination of rain and freezing rain is expected through Thursday, with between 10 and 20 millimetres of rainfall.

Temperatures are expected to remain above freezing in Port aux Basques and Bay St. George, which means rain throughout the day.

But for Corner Brook and Gros Morne areas, temperatures below freezing wil make for a mix of rain and freezing rain through tonight.