Weather deteriorating across Prince Edward Island

Published on March 29, 2016

School has let out early in Prince Edward Island today, with the Westisle family of schools and the French school in Deblois closing three hours early, while École Évangéline closed two hours early. All other schools in P.E.I. closed one hour early.

West Prince RCMP have also issued an advisory asking motorists to stay off the roads "unless absolutely necessary".

The RCMP asks those who must travel in the western portion of the province to slow down and drive carefully.

Health P.E.I. has advised that some primary care services have been cancelled in West Prince this afternoon

All patient appointments scheduled for this afternoon and evening at health centres in Alberton, O’Leary and Tyne Valley are cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Islanders are reminded to 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 811 for non-urgent health care advice or 911 in the event of an emergency.

Drizzle that has been falling all day in P.E.I. has been changing to snow as the temperatures drop below zero.

Environment Canada had issued a wind warning for all three counties in P.E.I. earlier today, a scenario aggravated by projections of anywhere from 2 to 10 cm of snow.

The warning was issued in conjunction with an intense low-pressure system in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence that will track northeast toward Newfoundland today.

In the wake of that low, strong northwest winds gusting up to 100 km/h will develop by this afternoon. Winds will diminish tonight as the low continues away from the region.

Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage.

Showers were to change to snow near noon, bringing blowing snow late this afternoon.

Snowfall amounts of 2 to 4 cm for Queens and Kings Counties are forecast. As much as 10 cm could fall in Prince County.