A snowfall warning is in effect for St. John’s-metro and the entire Avalon Peninsula today.
Environment Canada is forecasting 15 to 20 cm of snow, beginning this afternoon into tonight.
It says another intense winter storm is forecast to track southeast of the Avalon Peninsula tonight. “Snow, associated with this system is forecast to develop over the south coast early this afternoon and then spread rapidly northeastward through the remainder of the day.”
Total snowfall accumulations are now forecast in the 15-20 cm range over the Avalon Peninsula with lesser amounts expected over immediately adjacent regions.
The weather office says the snow will quickly taper to a few flurries overnight tonight as the storm system rapidly tracks out to sea.
It also says the model guidance continues to differ on the exact track of this system, and the possibility remains that heavier than expected snowfall amounts could occur.
Environment Canada meteorologists will continue to monitor the development of this storm system and provide further updates as required.
It's advising motorists to adjust their driving habits with the changing road conditions. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations.
There have already been a rash of vehicle crashes and collisions in the St. John's-metro region during recent snow-covered and slushy road conditions.
It's currently -4 Celsius in St. John's-metro and pretty calm, with winds between 23 and 34 km/h. The high temperature today is expected to be -1 C.
Most schools open this morning
Schools on the Avalon are open this morning, with the exception of Cowan Heights Elementary, St. Matthews Elementary and Upper Gullies Elementary, which are closed today for teacher professional development days.
School updates can be found online at https://www.nlesd.ca/statuscentral/statuscentral.jsp or on Twitter @NLESDCA.
Most flights on schedule
Most flights are on schedule at St. John's International Airport, with one exception.
United Airlines UA3282 to Newark is delayed from 9:21 a.m. to 10:07 a.m.
Marine Atlantic ferry service on schedule
After some challenges with weather last week, Marine Atlantic's ferry service between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia is on schedule today. Updates can be found online at https://www.marineatlantic.ca or on Twitter @MAFerries.
Flanders solo on Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service
The MV Flanders is sailing on a one-vessel schedule between Portugal Cove and Bell Island this morning.
The Department of Transportation and works says management is trying to get a crew in place for an enhanced schedule, with more crossings without breaks, but as of now the vessel will remain on a one-vessel service.
You can find more on Newfoundland's marine services, including the Bell Island ferry at http://www.tw.gov.nl.ca/ferryservices/index.stm or by phoning for Bell Island ferry updates at 895-6931.