Winter storm warning issued for Queens County

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The good news is the wind warning has ended for the Island. The bad news is the Queens County is now under a winter storm warning.

Snow and blowing snow is expected to give up to 15 centimetres, causing very poor visibilities in blowing snow.

Very strong northwest winds gusting to 100 km/h are blowing that snow around although conditions are forecast to improve tonight.

Meanwhile, Maritime Electric reported at 2 p.m. that there are approximately 8,400 customers out in Cardigan to East Point, St. Peter's, Stanhope, Brackley, Stanley Bridge, Cavendish, Pleasant Grove, Rollo Bay, Dingwells Mills, Cardigan, Georgetown, Abram-Village, Cap–Egmont and Bayview. There are also scattered outages throughout the Island.

"Our crews will be out around the clock working to restore power,'' said Kim Griffin with Maritime Electric, who stressed that it is slow going due to the weather conditions."We are doing our best to get power on tonight but we may not get everyone on.''

There are currently 24 crews spread across the Island trying to restore power.

Students of the the English Language and French school boards, as well as Holland College and UPEI have the day off. Provincial civil service offices across P.E.I. are also closed for the day.

Northumberland Ferries crossings have been cancelled. The Confederation Bridge is restricted to certain classes of vehicles.

Flights into and out of Charlottetown Airport have also been impacted. Call ahead to check on any flights you are expecting today.

Powerful winds, heavy rain and snow have led to power outages and traffic problems across the Maritimes. Transport officials in Nova Scotia say the Cobequid Pass was blocked early Wednesday when several tractor-trailers got stuck on a hill approaching either side of the toll booth plaza.

Motorists were advised to avoid the pass, which is along one of the highways that links northern Nova Scotia with New Brunswick.

Meanwhile, there were sporadic power outages in New Brunswick, and about eight thousand residents and businesses in Nova Scotia were without power as strong gusts pulled down power lines.

More than half of the outages in Nova Scotia were reported in the Amherst, Dartmouth, Spinghill and Pugwash areas. As well, Nova Scotia’s Highway 104 in Cumberland County was closed for seven hours after four tractor-trailers collided in the fog.

Environment Canada reports a developing low pressure system south of Nova Scotia will track northeastward this morning and pass over Eastern Cape Breton by midday. The low will then track across Newfoundland tonight.

Very strong northwest winds gusting to 100 km/h are forecast for Queens and Kings counties as the low tracks to the east this afternoon and evening.

While Prince County won't be subject to the same high winds, the forecast for Summerside and west is nasty, too.

Rain is changing to snow this morning and ending this afternoon, with snowfall amounts forecast to be between 5 to 10 cm. Local blowing snow will begin late this morning and this afternoon. Temperature will fall to -1C this afternoon.

For Charlottetown, snow will be at times mixed with rain early this morning with a  snowfall amount of 10 cm. Local blowing snow is coming this afternoon. Here, too, the temperature will fall to -1C this afternoon. 

Higher than normal water levels and large waves due to the strong northwest winds will give rough pounding surf to the north facing coastline of Prince Edward Island today and tonight.


Organizations: English Language

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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Recent comments

  • That Guy
    December 05, 2013 - 06:55

    Blaine, it's great isn't it? Work cancelled... I had a wonderful day by my wood stove. What do you think Blocked Notmal Worker?

  • Blaine
    December 04, 2013 - 13:00

    Some glad I can stay home and enjoy my warm cozy house and not have to face the outside on a day like today.Ohhhhhhhh not having to work during the winter is great!

    • Normal Worker
      December 04, 2013 - 16:03

      Hey Blocked Blaine: Hope you're havin' fun drawin' pogey, and watchin' TV every day. If that's what your doin', you damned well don't deserve it. Ohhhhhhhhh, I'm glad I can work and not watch garbage TV shows all winter.