UPDATED: Stormy weather again grinds P.E.I. to a halt

Jim Day
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Blowing snow causing poor visibility on Route 2 near Hunter River.

Yet another storm brought life on Prince Edward Island to a crawl Friday.

Blowing snow made travel a dangerous proposition, leading to cancellations in the province that were numerous and widespread with many closures announced before most Islanders would normally venture out in the morning.

After putting in a partial day in classrooms Thursday following Christmas break, students across P.E.I. enjoyed another day at home Friday. Schools in the English and French language school boards were cancelled for the day due to concerns over a blowing snow warning.

Holland College was closed for the day as were all provincial service offices Island-wide.

Delays and cancellations also faced air travelers scheduled to fly in and out of the Charlottetown Airport Friday.

Noting a special need for O negative blood, the Charlottetown Blood Donor Clinic remained open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and encouraged people who were able to make it safely to the clinic to honour their appointment or drop in to make a donation.

Late Friday morning, Route 2 between Summerside and Kensington was closed for a period of time due to blowing snow as well as blowing smoke from a nearby shed fire.

By noon, the RCMP were also advising motorists to stay off the roads in Kings County with blowing snow causing whiteout conditions and plenty of drifting on roads leading to slippery driving. And by 1:30, the RCMP was urging motorists to stay off all roads in P.E.I.

“Motorists are advised to take extra caution if travelling, but should stay off the roads for their safety,’’ the RCMP said in a statement.

Northerly winds of 45 km/h with gusts nearing 60 km/h were swirling snow across highways.

The windchill was not as biting Friday as the previous day’s cold weather that at times felt like - 37 C. Still, it was cold enough to see Islanders continue to bundle up if venturing outside and resulted in residents continuing to crank up the heat while remaining inside.

Environment Canada calls for a low windchill of - 29 C Saturday before warming up to a high of - 7 C on Sunday and a downright balmy high of plus 9 Monday.

As of late afternoon, there were no reports of power outages and a Maritime Electric spokeswoman said they were keeping their fingers crossed none occur.




Organizations: Holland College, Environment Canada

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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