Winter storm bearing down on P.E.I.

Published on March 21, 2016

 Winston Weatherby head home to Cove Head from the City to avoid being caught in the upcoming storm Monday.

 

Public Health offices close, hospitals across P.E.I. warn of long wait times at ER

The calendar may tell you its spring but it won’t look much like spring later today with as much as 20 cm of snow in the forecast, plus high winds and possibly some freezing rain.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Queens County and a winter storm warning for Prince County.

There is no alert for Kings County.

In anticipation of the worsening weather scenario UPEI and Holland College are both closed for the day.

All other schools in the province were already closed due to March break.

Due to inclement weather and challenging road conditions, some primary care and public health services appointments are being cancelled.

Public Health Nursing has cancelled appointments in Charlottetown for this afternoon.

Additionally, all primary care appointments at the Central Queens Health Centre scheduled for this evening only are cancelled.

All cancelled patient appointments are being 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.

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

All flights at the Charlottetown airport are on schedule as of 7:45 a.m. but travelers are advised to check the airport’s website as the day progresses and weather worsens.

Both Air Canada and WestJet are allowing travelers to rebook their flights without penalty if they are concerned about possible delays or cancellations.

Traffic on the Confederation Bridge is moving freely as of 8 a.m. but officials have warned that could change later in the day as the wind picks up.

The forecast calls for 15 to 20 cm of snow.

A low-pressure centre will approach from the south and cross Nova Scotia today as it heads toward Newfoundland. The current track shows that the low will cross Kings County this evening. The low will bring 15 centimetres of snow to Queens County, beginning this morning.

 During the afternoon the snow will become mixed with ice pellets and freezing rain before tapering to flurries this evening as the low draws away.

The low will bring 25 centimetres of snow to Prince County, beginning this morning. Snow will taper to flurries this evening as the low moves away. The snow will be accompanied by strong northeasterly winds giving reduced visibilities in blowing snow.

“Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions,” Environment Canada says. “Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Winter storm warnings are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

For further information people may view weather updates at http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html.

Due to inclement weather and challenging road conditions, public health has cancelled all patient appointments scheduled for this afternoon at the Gulf Shore Health Centre in Rustico.

Cancelled appointments will be rescheduled.

Additionally, Health PEI’s office in Charlottetown (16 Garfield Street) will be closed to the public for the remainder of the day.

Hospital emergency departments across the province are also advising of potentially longer wait times for individuals with non-emergency care needs going into this evening and overnight.

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.