School cancelled across Prince Edward Island; roads termed very poor

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A look down a deserted and snowy Grafton Street in Charlottetown today. (140219)

A spokesman for the Department of Transportation and Public Works says traveling conditions today are very poor.

“The plows have not been able to keep the snow off the roads,” the spokesman said. “Roads are snow covered, there are icy patches underneath and there is blowing snow so visibility is not great.”

Weather forecasts had called for 5-10 centimeters of snow to fall but it appears that number has been surpassed by several centimetres.

Poor traveling conditions have prompted a number of cancellations already and more are expected.

Schools across the province are closed for the day. Holland College centres and UPEI are also closed for the day.

Government offices are also delaying opening this morning.

All provincial government offices, including liquor stores, in West Prince will open at 10:30 this morning. But government offices in East Prince, Queens and Kings counties are delayed opening until noon with a furhter announcement at 10:30 a.m.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the P.E.I. office of the Canadian Coast Guard, as well as Veterans Affairs Canada are delayed until 10:30 a.m. with another announcement later.

The Charlottetown Airport Authority is reporting some flights have been affected by the weather. Passengers are advised to check with their airlines for more information about any flights booked today.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall alert for Queens and Kings counties, calling for up to 25 cm of snow to fall this morning before tapering to flurries by noon.



Organizations: Holland College

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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Recent comments

  • Amazed
    February 19, 2014 - 13:02

    Observer, since last week, all news channels have been forecasting three consecutive storms to hit our region this week. The first was the past weekend's storm, the second was last night's storm, and fyi, the third is supposed to hit us tonight...! Everyone knew about it but you... (Maybe it's a conspiracy!)

  • justsaying
    February 19, 2014 - 10:45

    It's winter suck it up

    • Excuse me
      February 19, 2014 - 14:25

      Bad weather. Busses on the road full of kids with no seatbelts. Suck it up?

  • The Observer from Stratford
    February 19, 2014 - 09:01

    Thanks for the warning (not). This was supposed to be a minor snowfall as far as Environment Canada was concerned. Now we've got a snowfall warning with 25 cm. predicted. A warning made in the middle of the night when it was too late to make any advance plans. Don't those idiots know what they're doing? I've got more snow on my driveway than at any other time this winter. Our road is a buried deeper than I've ever seen. EC might as well be shut down for all the good they're doing.

    • mark
      February 19, 2014 - 09:25

      The warning was made at 715am. Which is even worse than the middle of the night. Good job everyone. Kudos to incompetence!!!!

    • The Observer from Stratford
      February 19, 2014 - 12:07

      @mark: I stands corrected on the time and I agree that that makes it even worse. Clearly someone at EC misread this storm. Of course they'll have an "technical" mumbo-jumbo excuse ready to explain their mistake. Come to think of it, maybe we should consider their forecasts as pure mumbo-jumbo too.

    • WhineWhineWhine
      February 19, 2014 - 12:57

      Pathetic. Is there anything Islanders won't whine about? Get over yourselves. The weather turned bad. It was not predicted because sometimes the weather changes too fast for a long term prediction. No one cares about your pathetic whiney little rants. Try acting like you are NOT 6 years old. You may do far better in life.

    • Excuse me
      February 19, 2014 - 14:26

      Makes me wonder why you aren't a meteorologist? If it is so easy and clear cut.

    • Gloria
      February 19, 2014 - 19:06

      Another Stratford Observer: I simply cannot believe the complaints on the weather warning forecasts. Get Real, This is the Maritimes, This is February, This is winter. That should be forecast enough, expect the unexpected. How do you deal with everyday life if you cannot deal with an unforcasted snow storm….Stop Whining and make the best of what you have - go build a snowman