RCMP warn Islanders to be aware of wet road conditions and advise motorists in West Prince to stay off roads
© Michael Nesbitt / Journal Pioneer
Roadways around Prince County are wet and slippery.
Wet, slushy and icy roads are being reported across Prince Edward Island as schoolchildren have been given their fourth day off in a row.
Holland College closed its West Prince campus this morning and announced that all of its centres would close at noon.
Provincial government offices in West Prince, including liquor stores, closed at 10:30 a.m. for the day.
Prince Edward Island RCMP have issued several warnings to motorists this morning that roads are wet, slippery and slush-covered.
Heavy rain overnight combined with the snow that was already on the ground have made for some unpleasant driving and walking today.
In West Prince, RCMP have even gone as far as to advise motorists to stay off the roads altogether unless necessary.
"Roads are currently still covered with slush and ice, and with the freezing rain coming down they are very slick," says an RCMP advisory.
Roads across Prince Edward Island are slush covered with patches of standing water.
"Motorists are urged to plan ahead by giving themselves more time for their travel and most importantly, reduce their speed while driving, in order to be better prepared for abrupt changes in road conditions," says an earlier advisory from RCMP.
Maritime Electric had crews out this morning dealing with outages across, primarily in the West Prince County area.
The Confederation Bridge has also issued an advisory this morning that winds may cause bridge restrictions later today.
The bridge's forecast indicates winds in the 65-75 km/h range, gusting to 90 km/h, beginning at about 3:30 p.m. Those conditions are expected to continue until 4 p.m. Tuesday.