Island digs out, schools delayed after intense snow storm

Brad Works
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SUMMERSIDE – Schools were delayed an hour today as Islanders dug themselves out following the first significant snowfall of the year Sunday and overnight into Monday.

A woman walk along Summerside's Water Street in heavy snowfall on Sunday. Colin MacLean/Journal Pioneer

The powerful storm brought heavy snow and howling winds to the region.

On P.E.I. classes in both the English and French school boards were delayed by one hour while in other parts of the region a number of schools are closed for the day. Major airports in the Maritimes were also reporting a number of cancellations and delays.

The storm also forces some travel restrictions on the Confederation Bridge and the cancellation of some Northumberland Ferries sailings between the Island and Nova Scotia. Travellers are asked to call ahead to confirm travel plans.

The storm Sunday knocked out power to thousands of customers in the region and disrupted ferry services between Nova Scotia, P.E.I and New Brunswick.

In Nova Scotia, the snow changed to a messy mixture of ice pellets and freezing rain Sunday afternoon, making driving treacherous, while it remained mostly snow here in P.E.I. and New Brunswick.

Summerside Police Services and Island RCMP both issued statements Sunday asking people stay off city streets and Island roads.

Environment Canada is warning of blowing snow and reduced visibility for parts of Newfoundland as the storm passes over the island, but forecasters say conditions are expected to improve throughout the day.

The forecast for Prince Edward Island today is flurries, local amount five centimetres and local blowing snow. Winds west 40 km-h gusting to 60. Temperature falling to -7 this afternoon.

Tonight, flurries. Local amount two to four cm. Local blowing snow. Wind west 40 km-h gusting to 60. Low -11. Tuesday, a mix of sun and cloud. 60 percent chance of flurries in the morning. Wind west 30 km-h gusting to 50 becoming light in the afternoon. Temperature steady near -9.

Journal Pioneer staff with files from The Canadian Press


Organizations: Summerside Police Services, Environment Canada, Canadian Press

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Newfoundland

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