© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
About the only thing moving on Charlottetown streets Wednesday afternoon was the Charlottetown Transit buses.
Police across P.E.I. are urging motorists to stay off the roads as the most recent winter storm slashes visibility to about one quarter mile in blowing and drifting snow with winds expected to gust to 80 kilometres per hour later tonight.
In Summerside, police say there are whiteout conditions in many parts of the city and are also citing the city’s traffic and parking bylaw to ensure motorists do not park their vehicles on the street overnight to enable crews to clear snow. Charlottetown also has such a bylaw.
The Confederation Bridge has restricted automobiles towing trailers, motorcycles, highsided vehicles including trucks, tractor trailers, recreational vehicles and busses from crossing. The restrictions were put in place at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 and bridge officials will advise when they are lifted.
Meanwhile, Environment Canada says its blizzard warning is still in force for the entire province.
“An intense low pressure system south of Nova Scotia will track northeastward and cross Newfoundland early Thursday morning.
Snow at times heavy and strong northerly winds will continue to give blizzard conditions early this evening. Snow will taper to flurries later this evening allowing the visibility to improve.
Environment Canada will continue to monitor the development of this storm, providing updates as new information becomes available,” Environment Canada said in a statement issued earlier tonight.