Labrador, Newfoundland's west coast hammered by snow, wind

Winter weather walloped eastern Labrador and western Newfoundland on Monday, and more snow is on the way.
Snow and high winds created white-out conditions in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Monday. (CBC )

Severe winter weather walloped eastern Labrador and western Newfoundland on Monday, and more snow is on the way.

Happy Valley-Goose Bay has received 21 centimetres of snow, and some coastal areas have received up to 30 centimetres of snow.

Strong winds, along with the snow, have caused whiteouts, and the RCMP has advised drivers to stay off roads unless there is an emergency.

Government offices, schools and courts closed for the afternoon, and the military base sent non-essential personnel home.

Deena Learning, who was out shovelling, seemed relatively unfazed by the weather.

"It's not bad actually," she said. "It's warm. As long as it's warm out, I'm alright."

Warm for Learning was -11 C which, by Labrador winter standards, was warmer than usual. 

The forecast was calling for another 15 centimetres of snow to fall in the area overnight, with the possibility of some rain. 

West coast gets snow, rain, wind

Meanwhile, in Corner Brook, on Newfoundland's west coast, about 10 cm of snow fell overnight before turning to rain on Monday.

The ferry Sir Robert Bond remained tied up at the wharf in Corner Brook on Monday due to high winds. (CBC)

Craig Kennedy, the city's superintendent of public works, said crews were keeping an eye on rising rain water.

High winds in the area have kept Marine Atlantic ferries in Port aux Basques, while the ferry that runs between Corner Brook and Blanc Sablon, Labrador was also tied up.

Some schools on the Northern Peninsula were also closed.  

High winds and 10 cm of snow have been forecast for Corner Brook and Port aux Basques overnight, with up to 20 cm in snow squalls.

Environment Canada has also issued a storm surge warning for the west coast.

Marine Atlantic officials said their ferries will be tied up at least until Tuesday.