UPDATED Winter storm on the way

Published on February 5, 2016

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

©THE GUARDIAN/Carolyn Drake

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.