Nor'easter hits Prince and Queens County, P.E.I.

Weather warnings remain in effect this morning as a nor'easter makes it way to P.E.I.

Strong northeasterly winds will reduce visibility

A winter storm blanketed Hunter River with snowfall on Monday. (Krystalle Ramlakhan)

Weather warnings remain in effect as a nor'easter hits P.E.I.

Prince County is under a winter storm warning and can expect up to 25 centimetres of snow along with strong northeasterly winds.

Environment Canada says the rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations.

"Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow."

There are a number of cancellations across the Island.

Provincial civil service offices in West Prince and East Prince, including Access PEI Summerside, P.E.I. and Wellington, P.E.I., closed at noon. Provincial civil service offices in Kings County closed at 1:30 p.m., while provincial civil service offices in Queens County and the Charlottetown area will close at 2 p.m.

UPEI and Holland College have closed for the day due to the impending storm.

Some primary care and public health services appointments are being cancelled. Public Health Nursing has cancelled appointments in Charlottetown Monday afternoon, and all primary care appointments at the Central Queens Health Centre scheduled for Monday evening are cancelled. Health PEI is advising people to call ahead before going to an appointment. 

The 2:05 p.m. Air Canada flight to Toronto at the Charlottetown Airport was cancelled. The airport advises travellers to call ahead to see if flights are on time.

RCMP advise motorists to drive with caution.

There is a snowfall warning for Queens County with 15 to 20 centimetres of snow expected along with a mix of freezing rain and ice pellets.

In Kings County, while there is no weather warning, Peter Coade says the weather across will be nasty. 

"In Prince ]County], where it's going to be straight snow, probably about 15 to 20 centimetres, but with Queens and Kings, closer to the actual center this evening, probably get some mix in with some freezing rain and ice pellets later this afternoon," said Coade

"It's going to be a very nasty day all around."  

Coade said there is a possibility Kings county could see straight rain this afternoon depending on the track of the storm and the temperature.

Winds are expected to increase from 20 km/h to 60 km/h this afternoon and reach 80 km/h tonight.

For cancellations, please call the CBC P.E.I. Storm Centre at 1-877-236-9350.


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