All public schools and provincial government offices on Prince Edward Island are closed as a winter storm expected to drop 15-25 centimetres of snow hits the province.

Dozens of private businesses and offices have also closed.

Provincial transportation officials say roads are snow-covered and slippery, but at noon visibility was not a huge concern. Winds are expected to pick up early in the afternoon, which could lead to more difficult driving conditions.

The snow had not yet started when the French and English language school boards made the call to close schools at about 6:15 a.m. Snow hit the central part of the province at about 7 a.m., and by about 10 a.m. snow was falling from one end of the Island to the other.

Many flights to and from Charlottetown Airport have been cancelled.

The Confederation Bridge remains open to all traffic. A wind warning advisory on the site predicts the winds may restrict traffic on the bridge starting at about 2 p.m., and continuing to early morning Thursday.

Holland College has shut down its campuses and UPEI is closed for the day..

This is the second storm in a week to hit the province. About 20 centimetres of snow came down on Sunday.

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