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The storm has faded but not before applying a fresh coat of white to this house on Weymouth Street.
Environment Canada has ended the winter storm warning for Queens and Kings County.
The storm warning remains in place for Prince County at this time.
Earlier today it appeared as if the Island was in for a good old-fashioned winter storm with significant snowfall and high winds.
Environment Canada had been calling for 15 to 20 centimetres of snow and high winds.
But by noon in Charlottetown the sun was out, the sky was a beautiful shade of blue and there wasn’t a snowflake in the sky.
The storm had taken its toll on everyday life in the province by that time however.
Schools and businesses throughout the province were closed for the day.
Hospitals cancelled elective surgeries and many doctors closed their medical practices for the day.
Both incoming and outgoing flights were cancelled at the Charlottetown airport.
Provincial government offices and some federal government offices closed for the day.
Hospital emergency departments were anticipating longer wait times for patients with non-emergency care needs.
The Confederation Bridge issued an advisory warning that high winds could lead to restrictions.
The bridge's site-specific forecast called for winds in the 70-85-km/h range, gusting to 100 km/h. Those winds are expected to remain high until 6 a.m. Thursday.
Canada Post advised residents of Charlottetown and Summerside that due to the severe weather it was not safe to send their carriers out to deliver mail. Weather permitting delivery will resume tomorrow.
To ensure carriers are not impeded once delivery does resume, Canada Post requests that homeowners and business owners clear the snow and ice from their sidewalks, walkways and stairs so their employees can deliver mail safely.
There is a possibility of further snow towards the weekend.