Prince Edward Island cleaning out from blizzard

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Streets were empty all over Charlottetown's downtown during Wednesday's storm.

Prince Edward Island is digging out from a blizzard that swept across parts of Atlantic Canada on Wednesday, closing schools and government offices as well as disrupting travel throughout the region.

Today, schools across P.E.I. are operating but on a one-hour delay as crews clear up and Holland College and UPEI are delaying opening until 10 a.m.

Guardian newspaper delivery is also delayed today, with some carriers expecting to wait until 9:30 to get their papers dropped off.

Roads are partly snow-covered and slippery but passable with the messiest conditions being reported in the eastern end of the province.

Environment Canada said there were two distinct phases to Wednesday's storm, with the first bringing between three and five centimetres of snow on Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

A second, more powerful blow hit later, dumping heavier snowfall amounts ranging from 15 to 25 centimetres in Prince Edward Island by late Wednesday. Similar amounts were predicted for western Newfoundland through Wednesday night. 

Today's Environment Canada forecast calls for mainly cloudy skies with 60 per cent chance of flurries and local blowing snow.

Winds are from the northwest at 40 km/h gusting to 60 and will change to come from the west at 20 km/h gusting to 40 later this morning. The temperature is steady near -10C.

Geographic location: P.E.I.

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  • don
    January 23, 2014 - 11:24

    the priority stores to be open is the liquor stores. the drunks need the fix. the rest can stay closed. as safety does not mean anything to store owners only profit. really bad when the dollar is more important the a human life.

  • Jack
    January 23, 2014 - 06:32

    They should be canceling stuff it is really bad out here! Don't even want to send my kids!