RCMP urge motorists to stay off roads; schools closed across P.E.I. today

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UPEI, Holland College closed for day; business, offices delay opening

All schools in the English and French language boards are closed across P.E.I. today as the region deals with a winter storm which is forecast to worsen throughout the day.

In addition, provincial and federal offices and many businesses have also delayed opening this morning.

Holland College and UPEI have also closed for the day.

RCMP are now advising motorist to stay off all island roads if possible. Conditions are deteriorating and with the expected high winds, will only worsen, said police.

With more snow and freezing rain, conditions are not expected to improve any time soon, added police.

Schools were also closed Friday as a professional development day.

Most streets in downtown Charlottetown have not been plowed this morning.

Upwards of 10-15 cms. of snow fell across eastern sections of the province Sunday and early Monday with lesser amounts in central and western areas. Eastern P.E.I. experienced periods of freezing rain overnight and more is forecast today.

Winds are forecast to strengthen as the storm intensifies today with gusts forecast to reach 90 across the province later today while Kings County could experience gusts to 100 kms.

Environment Canada weather forecast issued for P.E.I. at 5 a.m. today:

Wind warning issued:

Very strong northwesterlies gusting up to 100 km/h today and this evening.

This is a warning that potentially damaging winds are expected or occurring in these regions.

A low pressure system will intensify as it passes east of Cape Breton and then over the Eastern Gulf of St. Lawrence today. Several hours of freezing rain are expected until mid morning over Kings County before changing to snow. Very strong northwesterlies gusting up to 100 km/h and some blowing snow are expected with this storm today and this evening. These especially strong winds will also generate pounding surf on the eastern part of the North Coast today. Wind warning in effect.

Today

Snow ending late this afternoon then cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries. Risk of freezing rain early this morning. Snowfall amount 10 cm. Local blowing snow this afternoon. Wind north 20 km/h becoming northwest 50 gusting to 90 this morning. Temperature falling to minus 6 this afternoon.

 

Tonight

Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries this evening and after midnight. Clearing before morning. Local blowing snow early this evening. Wind west 50 km/h gusting to 90. Low minus 14.

 

Tuesday

Mainly sunny. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50. High minus 11. Cold wind chill minus 25.

 

Wednesday

Cloudy. Low minus 14. High minus 8.

 

 

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Eastern P.E.I., Kings, Charlottetown Cape Breton Eastern Gulf North Coast

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