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Colin MacLean
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Provincial plows are being taken off secondary roads as of 5 p.m. Sunday evening. Highways will be plowed until further notice.

 

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SUMMERISDE – The first winter storm of the season walloped P.E.I. Sunday

As of the early afternoon Environment Canada was predicting 25-35 cm of snow would fall on most of the province by late in the evening, with another 5-10 cm expected to later in the day on Monday.

Meteorologist Jean-Marc Couturier, with Environment Canada, advised residents to keep their shovels at the ready for the next few days.

“Behind this system there is residual precipitation, so it’s going to be more in the form of flurries. However we’re still expecting a further 5-10 cm to fall through the day (Monday). And again, general amounts across the Island,” said Couturier.

There is also another weather system expected to move through the region on Wednesday, though it's unclear at this point how large that one will be, he added.

Sunday’s storm wreaked havoc on roads across Eastern Canada Saturday night and into Sunday.

At some points it covered more than 90 per cent of the region.

Couturier said up to 30 centimetres of snow was expected for parts of Nova Scotia, with the snow changing to a mixture of ice pellets and freezing rain Sunday afternoon.

Southern New Brunswick was expected to get up to 40 centimetres of snow, while northern parts of the province would see up to 20 centimetres.

The same storm system dumped 15 to 25 centimetres of snow on southern Ontario and Quebec on Saturday.

Dozens of flights through Toronto's Pearson and Montreal's Trudeau airports were delayed or cancelled.

Ontario Provincial Police said the weather may have also been a factor in a head-on collision that killed two people near Barrie, Ont.

There were a number of other accidents on snowy roads, including a 20-car pileup on the Queen Elizabeth Highway in Mississauga, Ont.

People here seemed to be largely heading their warnings, as the RCMP had scene only a few relatively minor collisions throughout the day.

Summerside Police were simply telling people to stay home.

Winds were expected to pick up throughout the afternoon Sunday, causing whiteout conditions, but would have tapered off into the evening.

Most businesses in and around the Summerside area closed Sunday in advance of the storm, or didn't stay open long into it.

Credit Union Place closed in the early afternoon, and countless community events will now have to rescheduled.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal reported in the early afternoon that their snow ploughs were out and operating well, though they were bracing for reduced visibility into the evening.

Police are advising anyone who finds themselves in a white out situation to put on their emergency lights and to pull over someplace safe until conditions improve. 

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