A low-pressure system will drop 15 centimetres of "heavy snow" on the eastern portion of Newfoundland on Thursday night, according to Environment Canada.

The agency said in a special weather statement that the system is forecast to move over the island on Thursday, likely bringing snow to the Avalon and possibly across the Burin and Bonavista Peninsulas.

Environment Canada has issued special weather statements for all parts of the Avalon, as well as the Clarenville, Bonavista and Burin areas.

The most snow is likely to fall on the Avalon.

Environment Canada says it could turn to freezing rain and ice pellets on the southern Avalon if the storm tracks further west.