A snowfall warning remains in effect with 15 centimetres of snow expected by Friday morning for the northern Avalon Peninsula.
In its late afternoon update, Environment Canada says a band of snow has settled along a line stretching from Port aux Basques across to Bonavista this afternoon.
As the low pressure system continues to track eastward and out to sea, this band will begin to weaken in the west and move southward back over the northern Avalon.
The snow will continue throughout the night for parts of the northeast coast and cross over the northern Avalon Peninsula near midnight before dissipating Friday morning.
Total amounts of 15-25 centimetres for the northeast coast and near 15 centimetres for the northern Avalon are expected.
Environment Canada has updated its weather forecast for the province and a snowfall warning is still in effect for St. John's and Avalon Peninsula North.
The weather office says 15 to 25 centimetres of snow is expected today and tonight.
"This is a warning that significant snowfall is expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions, listen for updated statements," Environment Canada advises.
A low pressure system over the Maritimes will pass south of Newfoundland today.
Snow ahead of this system has reached the southern half of Newfoundland. Snowfall accumulations of 15 to 25 centimetres are expected along parts of the south coast by this evening and along parts of the east coast by Friday morning. Strong winds associated with this system will also cause reduced visibilities in blowing snow today.
(Earlier story including storm announcements below)
Schools under the Eastern School District are closed today due to impending weather.
According to Environment Canada, freezing drizzle will end this morning and snow that reached the south coast overnight and will spread to most other areas of the island today.
Snowfall accumulations of 15 to 25 centimetres are expected along parts of the south coast by this evening and along parts of the east coast by Friday morning.
Strong winds associated with this system will also cause reduced visibilities in blowing snow today.
Similar snowfall accumulations and winds are likely to affect parts of northeastern Newfoundland starting this evening.
In addition, wind gusts near 100 km/h are possible in the Wreckhouse area this morning.
• Due to impending weather for this evening the Bust a Move™ Participant Rally scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. Bust a Move™ for Breast Health St. John’s will be held on March 23, 2013 at the Newfoundland Sports Centre - 100 Crosbie Road. The event will unite hundreds of participants for a very special day-long fitness fundraising extravaganza! Funds raised are in support of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation and the Health Care Foundation in support of breast health in Newfoundland and Labrador.
• Kiwanis Music Festival events for today are going ahead as planned.
• An event by members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada to confront Conservative Ministers Keith Ashfield and Peter Penashue today about their role in cutting public services that Canadians depend on, search and rescue, in particular, is cancelled for today due to the impending weather.
• The Joints In Motion Kickoff Party that was scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. at the Johnson GEO Centre is postponed due to poor weather conditions. The Arthritis Society plans to reschedule the event for a future date.
• Seal Information Session Cancelled. DFO advises due to weather conditions the seal information session planned for tonight at 7 pm in Valleyfield, Harbour Authority Office, will be cancelled until further notice.
• Due to inclement weather, the Harris Centre Memorial Presents session, Are We Ready for an Oil Spill in Newfoundland and Labrador's Offshore? scheduled for 7:30 p.m. this evening, Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Sheraton Hotel, Newfoundland, has been cancelled. There are currently no further details regarding rescheduling available; please follow the Harris Centre on Facebook or Twitter, or see our website at www.mun.ca/harriscentre for future developments.
• Due to inclement weather, the announcement event scheduled for Friday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. by the Power Corporation of Canada at Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration building has been postponed. A new date and time for this event will be announced at a later date.
• An art exhibition opening — for a solo exhibition by Veselina Tomova called Crossings at the Red Orche Gallery in St. John's — has been postponed due to the weather. The reception now has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 22, from 5-8 p.m.
• The Virginia Park Community Centre will be closed today February 21, due to the winter storm. All programs for today are cancelled.
• The Financial Information Session sponsored by Newfoundland & Labrador Housing and Credit Counselling Services of Newfoundland and Labrador, scheduled for Thursday February 21 at 7 p.m. at Virginia Park Community Centre has been postponed. This session will be rescheduled to a later date. Please consult our website for the new date.
• Heavenly Creatures will be postponing this Saturday`s fleamarket due to the forecast. It`s now re-booked for Saturday, March 9th, 2013 - same location. Heavenly Creatures' Winter Fleamarket will be held at The Curling Club (aka The Remax Centre), 135 Mayor Avenue on Saturday, March 9th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Meniere's/Tinnitus Resource Group: Due to the inclement weather we are cancelling tonight's scheduled Meet and Greet at the CHHA-NL office. Our next meeting will be on March 21, details to be announced at a later time.