The blizzard is expected to pass southeast of Newfoundland Avalon Peninsula overnight, dumping 15 to 35 centimetres of snow over southeastern parts of the island mixed with strong winds.
Forecasters say the blizzard will also bring smaller amounts of snow and strong winds to Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.
Schools in the city closed for Christmas break aren due to open until Monday. But post secondary institutions, including Dalhousie and St. Mary universities, say they shut their campuses down for the day because of the storm.
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The cold windchill is also being felt in Labrador, where forecasters say it expected to feel like 45 C or colder Friday. A blizzard warning is also in effect for parts of Labrador, where between 25 and 50 centimetres of snow is expected by Saturday morning.
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