UPDATE 3: Storm eases back, government opens, another on its way

Published on November 30, 2016

Willy Bripanisakorn, 8, makes a leap from a high snow pile cleared from a parking lot behind his home Wednesday. All schools in the province were cancelled for the day. Environment Canada is warning that tomorrow is likely to bring a repeat of today’s weather.

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Environment Canada issues a second special weather statement about Thursday conditions

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Environment Canada has ended its snowfall warning for today, replacing it with another special weather statement saying tomorrow may be exactly the same.

“A low pressure system passing south of the Maritimes will move quickly away to the east this afternoon.,” said the statement issued at 11 a.m. “Snow will change to scattered showers this afternoon.
“Another low pressure system will quickly follow on a similar track and will spread snow and rain to the province on Thursday,” says Environment Canada. “Precipitation typing will again be a challenge and there are some indications the Island could (again) see significant snowfall before the snow changes over to rain.”

New tomorrow will strong easterly winds which might get strong enough to bring on a wind warning. Environment Canada urges Islanders to keep an eye on forecasts and alerts in the next 24 hours.

Charlottetown Police Services had its own words of  warning today.

“Charlottetown Police are asking motorists to use caution if you have to be driving today, the streets in Charlottetown are snow covered and very slippery,” says statement issued to The Guardian. “Police would also ask that motorists clean the snow off their windshields, back and side windows and their front and back lights so that it does not further reduce visibility and other motorists can see your vehicle to avoid any potential accidents.”

The RCMP also issued warnings for Islanders, including:

“RCMP advise that road conditions continue to be slippery in many areas and caution is needed when driving,” says the statement issued at 10 a.m. “As well, there are areas experiencing downed power lines on the road. Should you encounter lines on the road, (report the incident, but) please do not get out of your vehicle.”

Northumberland Ferries said weather conditions cancelled early crossings between Wood Islands, P.E.I. and Caribou, N.S.

“We will have one more round trip today, the last one from Wood Island for the day will be at 2:45 and the last one from Caribou will be 4:30,” said a statement this afternoon from the Ships Clerk.

All schools are closed for the day on P.E.I. and government offices closed until noon when they did reopen.

UPEI has made the decision mid-morning to close for the day, and  Holland College campuses also closed for the day.

A tractor trailer jackknifed on the Sherwood Road on the uphill portion next to the Sherwood Cemetery, highways crews reported early this morning

Later in the day, a truck jackknifed in Bonshaw and there was also the same situation on the hill leading west out of Hunter River.

The weather today, similar to Monday’s wet snow that toppled trees and branches heavily in Kings County, has brought similar problems to the energy grid in Queens County.

At one point, some 9,000 more costumers lost power in Queens county this morning. A tree down on the York Point Road was one major culprit but Maritime Electric spokeswoman Kim Griffin said power has since been restored to most of Queens County.

That left 1,700 customers still without power by the noon hour, still mostly in eastern in P.E.I. That number rose to 2,500 to 3,000 without electricty by mid-afternoon.

Power will likely not come back on until Thursday for some customers, said Griffin. 

She said there are 42 crews at work, but not the visiting crews that had been helping out from New Brunswick.

“NB Power has requested their four crews return home and they have left PEI.,” said Griffin. “We have three crews from Tri Wire, (a company) in N.B. still here working. We have deployed our western crews to move to Central and East to assist with the storm.”

Confederation Bridge has a private weather company giving it forecasts specific to the area of the bridge.

It now has a warning in place of possible restrictions to high-sided vehicles tomorrow.

“Commencing approximately 11:00hrs (11 a.m.) December 1, 2016 winds are projected in the 60-70 km/h range, gusting to 95 km/h,” says the alert. “Forecast indicates conditions will remain the same until approximately 19:00hrs (7 p.m.), December 01, 2016.

Northumberland Ferries has also cancelled all crossings to and from Nova Scotia until further notice.

The Charlottetown airport showed that no morning flights had left as of mid morning and by noon there were still many delays. Halifax airport is also showing delays and cancellations.

Health P.E.I. cancelled the following health services:

all public health nursing appointments in Queens County are cancelled;

all provincial renal clinic appointments are cancelled;

nurse practitioner clinic in Morell is cancelled.