© Guardian photo by Heather Taweel
Fitzroy Street in downtown Charlottetown by St. Peter's Anglican Church was snowed under like the rest of the province Thursday morning. The City of Charlottetown has banned parking on downtown streets until further notice while crews clear out the 50 cm or more of snow.
The blizzard that shut down Prince Edward Island Wednesday is having lasting effects across the province today.
Strong northwest winds gusting up to 100 km/h will persist today, according to the Environment Canada Weather Office, and will diminish early this evening.
Plows were pulled off the roads at about 6 p.m. Wednesday and many roads continue to be impassable this morning. RCMP are continuing their advice from Wednesday to stay off the roads.
"Highways remain snow covered with whiteout conditions being reported across the province," says a statement issued by the P.E.I. RCMP, which notes, "many highways remain snow covered, some areas are down to one lane and blowing snow and whiteout conditions are making some roadways impassible. Although plows are clearing the highways, the RCMP are asking the public to not venture out unless absolutely necessary until the high winds calm."
People who are on the highways are impeding the snow clearing efforts, say the RCMP.
Follow the RCMP tweets @RCMPPEITraffic for more information.
Schools across the Island are closed for the day; Holland College, UPEI and government offices are all shut.
The Queen Elizbeth Hospital and Prince County Hospital have cancelled all non-emergency services for the day. The hospitals' emergency departments will operate.
The City of Charlottetown has banned parking downtown until further notice.
The Confederation Bridge is once again closed to all traffic.
Maritime Electric reports there are about 900 customers without power this morning. Crews responded to outages when it was safe to do so, accompanied by plows, throughout Wednesday. A further update on the outages that remain is expected at 11 a.m.
Due to the winter conditions, today's newspaper will be delivered along with the Friday edition. However, today's edition can be viewed via the e-edition or by downloading the digital edition in the App store from your smart phone.
Latest news will continue to be updated here at www.theguardian.pe.ca and on our storm blog with the Journal Pioneer, at http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/FlyingPage/6124/PEI-Storm-Watch