Steady snowfall this morning is causing slippery driving conditions in the St. John's-metro region.
Traffic is backed up on Ruth Avenue in Mount Pearl as drivers contend with slippery conditions this morning. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is asking motorists to drive with reduced speed and caution when approaching intersections.
The RNC says traffic on the Conception Bay South Bypass is reduced to 20 km/h and traffic in the Topsail Road area near Meadow Creek is slowed due to a traffic collision.
There have also been reports of vehicles stuck on streets in St. John's.
The RCMP is also reporting slippery driving conditions outside St. John's on the Avalon.
The Trans-Canada Highway to St. John's is snow covered and icy, with blowing snow reducing visibility in open areas.
The TCH, west of Holyrood is in better condition, with snow turning to slush on the highway but from Roaches Line to Whitbourne, there are areas of heavier snow buildup and ice pellets falling west of Ocean Pond.
The RCMP is advising motorists to be prepared for varying conditions.
Environment Canada is calling for the snow to end around noon today, with a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon and high temperature of about 3 Celsius.
More bad weather in the forecast
But Thursday there's more bad weather headed our way, starting with a mix of freezing rain, snow and rain.
A special weather statement has been issued for much of the island and part of Labrador, with rainfall warnings for the south coast of the island and wind warnings for the west coast, including the Wreck House area.
Environment Canada says a low pressure system south of the Great Lakes will intensify as it moves across the Maritimes on Thursday to lie over the Gulf of St. Lawrence by Thursday evening.
Snow will develop ahead of this system overnight tonight and will change through freezing rain to rain over most regions through the day.
Over western regions, snowfall amounts are generally expected to be in the five-to-10-cm range, however locally higher amounts are possible, especially over higher terrain areas.
Additionally, an extended period of freezing rain is possible before temperatures climb above the freezing mark.
Rainfall warnings have been issued for south coast regions of Newfoundland, where 15 to 40 millimetres is expected.
For other regions, rainfall accumulations are generally expected to be in the 5 to 15 millimetre range by Thursday evening, however locally higher amounts are possible.
The rain combined with warm temperatures will cause significant snow melt, which could lead to localized flooding.
The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended. Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.
Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service hampered by ice
This morning, the MV Beaumont Hamel and MV Norcon Galatea were both tied up because of ice between Portugal Cove and St. Philips, leaving Bell Island commuters without service.
A Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker was dispatched to cut a channel through the tickle.
The Beaumont Hamel has resumed operations, but is running behind schedule.
The Norcon Galatea, however, remains tied up, this time because of mechanical problems.
Schools affected by poor weather
Many schools outside St. John's had delayed openings this morning due to poor weather.
Schools in the Baccalieu School System will remain closed today, but some schools are opening this morning or this afternoon.
The full district report for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District can be viewed by clicking HERE.