Blizzard closes down government offices
Dozens of private businesses closed down
Much of Prince Edward Island has come to a stand-still as another winter storm hits the province.
All public schools were closed Wednesday, provincial government offices closed at 11:30, and Summerside shut down non-essential services at 2 p.m. The University of P.E.I. and Holland College were also closed for the day.
Transportation officials say roads are snow covered and slippery, with drifting snow. They say visibility is getting worse as the day goes on. RCMP reported two accidents near Winsloe, north of Charlottetown, and were asking people to be cautious.
There have been some cancellations at the Charlottetown Airport, and people are being advised to call ahead. Thousands of flights across eastern North America have been cancelled.
Confederation Bridge was expecting it would have to place restrictions on high-sided vehicles at noon with the forecast winds. At 2 p.m., traffic was still moving smoothly. Bridge officials believe that when restrictions are put in place they may not be lifted until 6 a.m.
Maritime Electric reports that so far there have been no power outages.
More than 100 businesses announced they were closed for the day.
Light snow began to fall across the Island around 5 a.m., with the full force of the storm expected to hit early in the afternoon. High winds and cold temperatures will combine to create poor visibility. Ten to 20 centimetres is expected, with a further five to 10 centimetres overnight.
For mobile device users:Follow CBC P.E.I.'s live blog of the storm here