A blast of winter weather is expected to hit much of Newfoundland on Wednesday, with the eastern half of the island under a snowfall warning. 

As much as 25 cm of snow is expected to blanket the Avalon, Bonavista and Burin Peninsulas, with a forecast also calling for bitter cold that will cover most of Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Much of the snow is expected to start falling in the afternoon, with CBC meteorologist Ryan Snoddon expecting a difficult drive home for some commuters. 

"It'll be a greasy one," said Snoddon, adding that the snowfall will continue well into Wednesday night. 

Environment Canada issued wind chill warnings for northern Newfoundland and parts of Labrador. 

Winds will also strengthen over the region with gusts reaching 80 km/h in the Cape Race area. 

Labrador was especially cold on Tuesday, as high winds ripped through the western region. The cold air mixed with seasonal lows, making it a rough day for those who ventured outside.

With the wind chill, the temperature felt like -45 around lunchtime. Many children stayed home as classes for kids up to grade three were cancelled.

The cold weather in Labrador is expected to continue through the week, along with the bone-chilling winds.