Weather warnings were issued for all of Newfoundland Wednesday, with blizzard conditions in the west, north and parts of central, winter storm warnings for Gander, Clarenville and the Bonavista Peninsula, and rainfall and wind forecast for the east.
Schools in numerous communities around the island are closed for the day.
The nasty weather is also causing transportation troubles.
Marine Atlantic's ferries are tied up on both sides of the Cabot Strait with crossings today and tonight cancelled.
Some flight delays and cancellations were also being reported at airports in St. John's and Deer Lake.
Meanwhile, Environment Canada said up to 25 cms was expected on the west coast of the island through the day and overnight.
In the Gander area and parts of northeastern Newfoundland up to 15 cms was expected to fall, and then change to ice pellets.
Environment Canada was also warning motorists on the west coast that visibility was expected to drop to zero.