First taste of Island winter sees collisions, closures

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It may not have been a big blast of winter but Monday's mix of snow and high winds caused a lot of fallout for Islanders in all three counties.

P.E.I.'s first real taste of wintery weather put a damper on many Islanders' daily routines by causing a number of minor collisions and closures throughout the province.

Light snow began in West Prince before dawn before working its way across the province Monday morning.

With forecasts predicting a mixed bag of weather including high winds, snow, freezing rain and ice pellets, RCMP sent out a press release Monday morning reminding Islanders to drive with caution.

Despite the warning, the day saw a number of minor collisions as more than five centimetres of snow fell across the province.

With winds projected to be in the 60 to 70 km/h range and gusts up to 90 km/h, the Confederation Bridge issued traffic restrictions for much of the day.

Those restrictions were lifted around 5:30 p.m.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal also decided to close the Emerald Bridge.

"There was already a weight restriction on the bridge, which snow removal equipment wouldn't meet. So the decision was made to close it to all traffic," a department spokesperson reported.

Ferries between Wood Islands and Caribou, N.S., were cancelled throughout Monday afternoon and evening.

The weather also caused the first snow day of the school year for students and staff in the new English (former Eastern and Western) and French school boards. It was announced before noon those schools would close two hours early, while Holland College campuses across the province also closed around 2 p.m.

Provincial government offices and Charlottetown City Hall were also closed midway through the day.

While city hall closed for the day, the regular monthly council meeting went ahead in the evening.

By early evening much of the nasty weather had subsided, with the snow having changed first to ice pellets and eventually into rain.

Periods of rain are forecast to end Tuesday morning, with cloudy periods throughout the day and a 60 per cent chance of showers.

Organizations: Holland College, Islanders, RCMP Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

Geographic location: Iceland, West Prince, Wood Islands

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  • Marie
    December 11, 2012 - 07:54

    Drive safe everyone. Never a good time for sad news!!!