Weather prompts cancellations, school closures, and warnings from the RCMP
Snow is now falling across Prince Edward Island.
A major winter storm is over the Island.
There are no warnings or watches in place for the Island but it will still be a messy night.
About 10 to 15 centimetres of snow is expected to fall before it changes to ice pellets and freezing rain and then to rain after midnight.
Then, the Island will be pelted with about 10 millimetres of rain.
Winds will also be a factor, gusting to 60 kilometres an hour this evening before becoming light overnight.
Temperatures will rise to plus six by morning.
The pending storm prompted schools in the Eastern School District and Western School Board to close two hours early today.
Also affected by this afternoon's pending storm, is the Burns Concert originally scheduled for this evening.
The concert will be held Sunday at the Carrefour Theatre starting at 7 p.m.
It was one of dozens of cancellations across the province as a result of the return to winter weather.
However, the P.E.I. Rocket game scheduled for tonight will take place as scheduled at 7 p.m. The Baie-Comeau Drakkar have already arrived at the Charlottetown Civic Centre and will be ready to hit the ice as scheduled.
Conditions are expected to deteriorate on roadways across the province with a mixture of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain hits the province.
The RCMP issued an advisory this morning asking those who are planning to travel to listen to local weather reports and check the provincial government website http://www.gov.pe.ca/roadconditions/ before heading out. The RCMP also asks travellers to consider delaying travel plans if road conditions are not ideal.
Weather warnings are in place for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
In New Brunswick, winter storm warnings are in place in northern New Brunswick, freezing rain warnings are in place in central New Brunswick and rainfall warnings are posted for the southern coastline, including the City of Saint John.
In Nova Scotia, rainfall warnings are in place across much of the southern coastline, including Halifax.
For P.E.I. on Saturday, rain will change to a few flurries as the temperature drops to minus 2 in the afternoon.
The sun will come out in the afternoon.
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