Surprise long weekend: Blizzard, blowing snow closes some N.L. schools

Surprise long weekend: Blizzard, blowing snow closes some N.L. schools

A number of schools in Labrador and western Newfoundland are closed, as a blizzard warning and winter storm watch is in effect.

Environment Canada has a blizzard warning in effect Friday for parts of coastal Labrador.

Snowfall between 15 and 30 centimetres can be expected in northern Labrador, with between 30 and 50 centimetres in southern areas through Saturday evening.

Strong winds paired with fresh snowfall will make for near-zero visibility conditions.

A number of schools in Labrador have decided to closed for the full day because of the blustery conditions.

Those stormy conditions will also reach Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula and west coast, closing even more schools for either the morning or full day.

In the Northern Peninsula area, snowfall between 10 and 20 centimetres can be expected through late Saturday.

Winds gusting between 80 and 100 km/h will blow that fresh snow around, making travel and visibility challenging.

In the Canada Bay area, Environment Canada warns of gusts up to 110 km/h for Saturday afternoon and night.

Environment Canada suggests people delay any non-essential travel due to the sometimes whiteout conditions.

High winds can also be expected in parts of the Avalon and Burin peninsulas and Clarenville area Friday,with gusts up to 100 km/h.