Snow, blowing snow force cancellations

Published on February 9, 2016

Snow, blowing snow forc e cancellations

Inclement weather has forced the cancellation of classes at both the English and French Language School Boards.

Classes are also cancelled for both UPEI and Holland College.

The business offices for The Guardian are closed until  12 o'clock noon  with a further announcement at 10:30.

Poor visibility in snow and blowing snow in a number of locations is making travel on Island highways hazardous.

Some people attempting to travel are encountering large drifts.

While snowfall from this latest disturbance was less than projected, high winds have transformed the snow that did fall into a force to be reckoned with.

Gusts topping 70 km an hour have been recorded in some locations.

And there could be another 5-10 cm of snow.

Environment Canada extended its blowing snow advisory for all three counties at 4:17 a.m. today.

Officials of Environment Canada said an intense low-pressure system southeast of Nova Scotia will track northeast today towards Newfoundland.

“Snow combined with strong northeast winds will give reduced visibility in blowing snow,” the forecast states. “Conditions will improve through the day as the low moves away from the region. Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero.”

Blowing snow advisories are issued when winds are expected to create blowing snow giving poor visibility to 800 metres or less for at least 3 hours.

The public is urged to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada when considering travel or outside activity.

The weather has prompted a number of cancellations and delays.

In addition to school cancellations, all provincial government offices have delayed opening until 12 o'clock noon with a further announcement at 10:30.

At least two federal government departments are operating on a delay.

The Summerside Tax Centre has delayed opening until 10 a.m. with a further announcement at 9 a.m.

Veterans Affairs Canada offices in Charlottetown are also delayed.

Airlines have issued a travel advisory for Charlottetown and are advising travelers to check their flight status before going to the airport.

Four flights at the Charlottetown airport have been impacted. Three morning flights and one afternoon flight have been cancelled.

Traffic on the Confederation Bridge however was moving smoothly.

The 55+ Games in O'Leary has been cancelled for today, rescheduled for Feb. 11th.

A number of professional offices and businesses have decided not to open or to delay their openings.