© Guardian photo by Carolyn Drake
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.