Valentine's Day packs a stormy punch as schools close
A lot more than love will be in the air across Newfoundland on Friday, with multiple weather warnings extending across the entire island, as well as parts of southern Labrador.
Police in eastern Newfoundland urged drivers Friday morning to stay off highways on the Avalon Peninsula because of deteriorating weather conditions.
Schools and some campuses in different parts of the province closed for at least the morning, particularly in western Newfoundland and along the Burin and Bonavista peninsulas. Kindergarten classes in the St. John's area were cancelled for the day.
Storm surge warnings were issued for some coastal areas.
Snowfalls will be heaviest on the Northern Peninsula, with between 20 cm and 30 cm of snow expected during the day. The least amount of snow will be on the Avalon Peninsula, which is expected to get between five and 10 cm.
In southern Newfoundland, subsequent rainfalls are expected to make for a slushy day.
Winds will also be strong, with gusts expected to top 100 km/h, CBC meteorologist Ryan Snoddon said.
High winds in the notorious Wreckhouse area were powerful enough to have taken a tractor-trailer off the highway early Friday morning.
The storm is connected to a system that has hit the eastern seaboard hard, causing thousands of flight cancellations in the U.S.