Winter storm heading for eastern Newfoundland

Eastern Newfoundland could get its first real snowfall of the season Thursday evening.

Winter storm watch in effect for Avalon Peninsula, Bonavista, and Clarenville areas

Snow falls on the Portugal Cove ferry terminal. (@XXPureCountryXX/Twitter)

Eastern Newfoundland is set to get hit with its first major snow storm of the season Thursday.

Clarenville, Bonavista and the Avalon Peninsula are all under a winter storm watch, as Environment Canada tracks a low-pressure system set to pass east of the Avalon early Friday morning.

The Avalon Peninsula will get the bulk of snow coming on Thursday evening and into Friday morning. (CBC)

The Avalon Peninsula can expect between 15 and 25 centimetres of snow, as of the latest projections, said CBC meteorologist Ashley Brauweiler.

"Not sure about a snow day, but I would make sure you check the snowblower is working and that your snow brush is in your car."

Ashley Brauweiler is the meteorologist for CBC Newfoundland and Labrador. (CBC)

Snow is expected to start on Thursday evening and fall heavily overnight, with gusts between 70 and 80 km/hr. Snowfall will taper to flurries by early morning Friday.

Environment Canada meteorologist Derm Kearney told The St. John's Morning Show the snow could hamper Thursday's rush hour drive.

"So [you] want to give yourself a bit of latitude to get around," he said.

"There'll also be fairly strong winds with that, so it'll cause reduced visibilities and blowing snow," he added, urging drivers to use caution.

Temperatures will remain below zero into early next week, with more flurries expected every day until Tuesday.

"This might actually stick around, for a few days anyway, so get out and enjoy the snow while you can," Brauweiler said.

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