Nfld. & Labrador

Spring storm sweeps eastern Newfoundland

March is going out like a lion, with a winter storm warning in effect for the Avalon and Bonavista Peninsulas.

Snow will continue over Avalon and Bonavista Peninsulas into the evening, Environment Canada says

Residents of eastern Newfoundland are shovelling out today, as a spring storm is expected to dump up to 25 centimetres of snow. (CBC)

March is going out like a lion, with a winter storm warning in effect for the Avalon and Bonavista Peninsulas.

About 10 centimetres of snow fell overnight, with up to 15 centimetres more expected Saturday.

Environment Canada warns that strong winds will cause reduced visibilities and local white-out conditions with blowing snow.

Winds are gusting up to 70 kilometres per hour.

Forecasters say that a low pressure system southeast of the Avalon Peninsula will move very slowly to the northeast Saturday and Sunday.

Asan Mohadeen bikes through a snowstorm in St. John's today. (CBC)

The snow will continue over the Avalon and Bonavista Peninsulas Saturday, before tapering off in the evening, according to Environment Canada.

Residents like Asan Mohadeen — who was spotted in St. John's bicycling through the morning snow — were trying to make the best of it.

"I'm used to it so it's not a big deal for me," Mohadeen said.

Snowclearing crews were out in force in the capital city, despite a seasonal staff cutback just last week.

"Last night we brought in about half the crew, and they are working a 16-hour shift, and now this afternoon the other half of the crew will take over," said Paul Mackey, the director of public works for St. John's city council.

"That way we maintain 24-hour coverage. Obviously we can't respond the same as we would mid-winter, when we have full crews on and everything else, but we can give an adequate response to these late season storms."

Mackey says despite seasonal layoffs, the roads were being cleared as quickly as possible.

The bad weather had an impact on activities in the capital city region.

There were a number of cancellations and delays for arrivals and departures at St. John’s International Airport.