Winter storm closes schools in parts of Labrador

Blowing snow and high winds cancel classes and disrupt travel in Cape Breton

A winter storm has caused the closure of a number of schools in coastal Labrador this morning.

Light snow and freezing rain is turning to heavy snow and blowing snow through Thursday.

Schools in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay area have closed for the morning due to the weather.

Conditions are expected to improve Friday morning, when snowfall accumulations are estimated between 20 and 35 centimetres.

Wind gusts between 70 and 80 km/h will continue through Thursday night.

Environment Canada says the rapidly falling snow will make travel difficult in some areas, with visibility suddenly reduced to zero at times.

The winter storm warning is in effect for southern coastal Labrador and into Lake Melville.

A blowing snow advisory is also in effect for most of the coast of Labrador.