There are a number of weather alerts for all over western Newfoundland today.
While Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for the tip of the Northern Peninsula, a snow squall watch has been issued for the Corner Brook, Bay St. George and Gros Morne vicinities.
On the Northern Peninsula, the wind chill factor is expected to drive temperatures to as low as -35 C tonight and into Sunday.
As for the snow squall watch in effect for regions a little to the south, a strong westerly flow of very cold air causing snow squalls will continue throughout today. There is potential that some of these snow squalls will become intense.
Fresh snow and strong winds will cause reduced visibilities in blowing snow, especially in snow squalls.
Motorists are advised to exercise caution as conditions will be quite variable and can deteriorate rapidly.
A special weather statement has been issued for the areas under a snow squall watch, as well as the southwestern corner of the island. The statement advises the snow falling this weekend is expected to be followed by significant rain and high winds Sunday night and Monday.
According to the statement, an intense low pressure system is forecast to pass through Labrador on Monday. Snow associated with this system will begin over southwestern and western portions of Newfoundland on Sunday afternoon.
Strong southerly winds will develop Monday, continued the statement, and usher in another round of mild air with a changeover to rain, at times heavy.
Current forecast guidance suggests that inland regions of southwestern Newfoundland will see significant snowfall amounts before the changeover to rain occurs. All areas of western and southwestern Newfoundland are expected to receive significant rainfall amounts on Monday and Monday night accompanied by strong southerly winds.
Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologists will continue to monitor the situation, as warnings will likely be required with this system.