CHARLOTTETOWN - A nasty blast of snow and wind that has shut down the Confederation Bridge linking Prince Edward Island with the mainland is aiming for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Freshly fallen snow in P.E.I. is being whipped by winds gusting up to 90 kilometres an hour, causing whiteouts in some areas.

The Confederation Bridge that links the island with New Brunswick has been closed to all traffic until the weather improves.

The low-pressure system has already battered eastern New Brunswick, bringing between 25 and 30 centimetres of snow, although forecasters say strong winds are still creating poor visibility.

Wind warnings are also in effect for parts of northern Nova Scotia as the storm prepares to move into Newfoundland and Labrador.

About 15 centimetres of snow is predicted to fall on the Northern Peninsula, but the hardest hit region will be southeastern Labrador, where up to 40 centimetres is expected by Monday afternoon.