Police urging motorists stay off roads as blizzard continues

Brian McInnis
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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.

 

 

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: P.E.I, Summerside, Charlottetown Nova Scotia Newfoundland

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  • don
    January 23, 2014 - 01:35

    it is a shame that the business owners do not understand what police are asking when they say "please stay off the roads" but staff must get into work or lose money or there job just in case the store might sell a roll of tape etc. the store opens at 9 and closes 3 hours later then the staff takes a chance of having a mvc on the way home and for what. the only people that should be on the roads is plows,ems,police, fire, or staff go to or going home from a hospital. if a staff members get hurt on the way home just so you made a buck is it worth it? and to have the booze store or food store open NO the were warning 2 days of this storm so the excuse of i have to get milk lol what about the staff there they have families to and risk there life getting to work just so u can get a bag of milk or a quart of booze.