Digging out

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Prince Edward Island is digging out from a blizzard that swept across parts of Atlantic Canada on Wednesday, closing schools and government offices as well as disrupting travel throughout the region.

Kayla Stewart of Summerside dug out her car Thursday morning after an intense winter storm walloped the Island throughout the day Wednesday. Colin MacLean/Journal Pioneer

Today, schools across P.E.I. are operating but on a one-hour delay as crews clear up and Holland College and UPEI are delaying opening until 10 a.m.

Roads were partly snow-covered and slippery this morning,  but most were passable. The messiest conditions being reported in the eastern end of the province.

Environment Canada said there were two distinct phases to Wednesday's storm, with the first bringing between three and five centimetres of snow on Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

A second, more powerful blow hit later, dumping heavier snowfall amounts ranging from 15 to 25 centimetres in Prince Edward Island by late Wednesday. Similar amounts were predicted for western Newfoundland through Wednesday night. 

Today's Environment Canada forecast calls for mainly cloudy skies with 60 per cent chance of flurries and local blowing snow.

Winds are from the northwest at 40 km/h gusting to 60 and will change to come from the west at 20 km/h gusting to 40 later this morning. The temperature is steady near -10C.

Organizations: Holland College, Environment Canada

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland

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