UPDATED Winter storm on the way

Doug Gallant, The Guardian
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Blustery scene about 9 a.m. on Victoria Row in Charlottetown on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015.

Stock the cupboards and batten down the hatches, there’s a winter storm warning in effect for P.E.I. today.

By 6 a.m. all schools   had been cancelled for the day.

Holland College canceled classes at all sites across the province.

Classes have also been cancelled at UPEI.

Provincial government offices in Kings County are closed for the remainder of the day. All other government offices remain open.

The weather prompted a number of businesses and professional offices to close their doors.

Some  primary care and public health services are cancelled for the remainder of the day.


Public Health has cancelled all speech language pathology and audiology appointments across the province for this afternoon.


Additionally, all primary care appointments at the Montague Health Centre and Eastern Kings Health Centre in Souris have been cancelled for the remainder of the day.


All cancelled patient appointments will be rescheduled.


Islanders are reminded to please call ahead to reconfirm their appointment or to let staff know if they are unable to make their appointment. Islanders are also reminded to call 8-1-1 for non-urgent health care advice or 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.


Health PEI will continue to update the public as decisions are made to delay or cancel additional health care services.


Environment Canada, in an update issued at 5 a.m. called for snow, at times heavy, to begin this morning with 10 to 15 cm forecast.

Freezing rain and ice pellets could also be part of the mix in Kings County.

Winds becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning.

Temperature falling to minus 2 this afternoon.

The snow will continue throughout the day and into the night. Snow at times heavy ending overnight then cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries.

A further 10-15 cm of snow is forecast for the latter part of the day.

 Local blowing snow can be expected with winds from the north at 30 km/h gusting to 50, becoming northwest 40 gusting to 60 after midnight.

The storm warning, which remains in place as of 1:30, is being taken seriously.

Air Canada has issued a travel advisory for Charlottetown and waived rebooking fees, saying flight schedules may be impacted.

While no flights into or out of Charlottetown have been cancelled as of yet a morning flight to Toronto was delayed by an hour.

As of 6 a.m. roads across the province remain bare but moist but that will change throughout the day.

There were no restrictions on Confederation Bridge as of 6:30 a.m.

There is a possibility of a further winter storm for Monday.






Organizations: Holland College, Environment Canada, Air Canada

Geographic location: Kings, P.E.I., Charlottetown Toronto

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  • Cromwell
    February 05, 2016 - 10:51

    As of 11:30. perhaps 2 cms. of snow on the ground, and light winds - all as forecast yesterday. The heavier snow is expected this afternoon, so why no school this morning? Most people are still going about their normal work, but schools and Government offices are closed (except health PEI - nurses are required to work, otherwise they don't get paid for the day) We have certainly become the epitome of the 'nanny state'

    • I'm here
      February 05, 2016 - 11:55

      Actually the only government offices that are closed are those in Kings county....the rest of us are here and working! Check your facts please!

    • I'm here
      February 05, 2016 - 11:55

      Actually the only government offices that are closed are those in Kings county....the rest of us are here and working! Check your facts please!

    • country boy
      February 05, 2016 - 14:15

      I'm here, well if you are there what are you doing using government computers to read the guardian on company time.....

    • Cromwell
      February 05, 2016 - 15:11

      Per 'I'm here' Two comments - The fact that you have the time to respond to comments on 'The Guardian', ostensibly on Government time, when you purport to be at work would suggest that you are not not 'here', and - my neighbours, who work at 'Veteran Affairs', were back home by 10:00 am. Otherwise, my comments stand as is. BTW, it's 16:10, and the snow has stopped, with 3 cms. in the driveway.

    • Tax payer
      February 05, 2016 - 16:04

      Seems to me your not working but reading and commenting on the Guardian.

    • Bill MacDonald
      February 05, 2016 - 17:20

      Actually Cromwell, if you had left your parents' basement you would have seen the government offices in Charlottetown were open until late afternoon. But you would not know that because you were too busy posting really stupid comments.