Some schools closed this morning, as freezing rain, wind warnings in effect

Strong winds are expected to develop this morning for southern and western Newfoundland, with rain and freezing rain headed to central and eastern parts of the island.

Wreckhouse wind gusts of around 160 km/h are expected to start Wednesday morning, before shifting in the afternoon.

Corner Brook, Port aux Basques, Burgeo-Ramea and the Bay St. George region can expected gusts around 100 km/h through the morning, as well.

Moving east through the island from Deer Lake into Buchans, Environment Canada warns that freezing rain can be expected through the morning, before changing to rain around noon.

Some Newfoundland schools closed for the morning due to weather.

The rainfall will taper off in the evening, but redevelop overnight through early Thursday.

The Burin and Connaigre peninsulas and the southern Avalon can expected significant rainfall of between 20 and 35 millimetres starting this morning and continuing into the evening.

A winter storm warning is also in effect for southern parts of coastal Labrador Wednesday morning.

Blowing snow is also possible further north on the coast, as well as moving into Labrador.