11/21/2013 07:04 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST

Blustery storm sweeps into Newfoundland

High winds and snow teamed up to close schools and knock out power in parts of Newfoundland Wednesday morning, as a storm disrupted ferries and other parts of daily life.

Power disruptions were reported from the tip of the Burin Peninsula in the south to Point au Mal on Newfoundland's west coast to Grand Falls-Windsor in central Newfoundland.

Strong winds were reported in many areas, at 136 km/h in Twillingate and more than 100 km/h in many places, such as Port aux Basques, where Marine Atlantic kept its ferries connecting Newfoundland and Nova Scotia tied up for safety reasons.

Schools in numerous communities closed for at least the morning, affecting students in such places as Corner Brook, Stephenville, Botwood and Englee.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in Corner Brook urged drivers to use caution because of deteriorating road conditions.

Still, it was business as usual for many people, as most businesses and public services in affected areas stayed open.