A May snowstorm has created dangerous driving conditions in eastern Newfoundland today, leaving police to deal with a series of collisions.

Numerous cars were reported off regional highways, including the Outer Ring Road that connects St. John's with the Trans-Canada Highway.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary temporarily closed the ORR westbound lane between Allandale Road and Thorburn Road later Tuesday morning to deal with three separate accidents.

Police said nine vehicles were involved in the collisions; a two-vehicle, a four-vehicle and a three-vehicle accident all took place separately.

Further west, the RCMP were warning drivers to be wary of "extremely slippery" conditions on the Trans-Canada and access roads near the Witless Bay Line. 

The snowfall broke a record in Gander, with 21 cm falling since Monday night. The previous record for May 6 was 13 cm, set in 1939. 

Numerous schools in central Newfoundland closed for at least Tuesday morning, with closures reaching as far east as Clarenville and Arnold's Cove.