PEI

Islanders advised to stay off roads

RCMP are asking people in western and central P.E.I. to stay off the roads as high winds and blowing snow are reducing visibility.
A truck is barely visible as it makes its way along the highway in Crapaud. ((Tom Steepe/CBC))

RCMP are asking people in western and central P.E.I. to stay off the roads as high winds and blowing snow are reducing visibility.

"Visibility is bad, lots of cars on the side of the road," said Prince County plow dispatcher Errol Thompson.

"We're just advised by the RCMP that they're not sending any tow trucks out, so we can't clear them off either."

A section of Route 2 near Summerside was shut down for about an hour due to zero visibility in the storm.

Plows were pulled off secondary roads in West Prince and schools closed across P.E.I. as the province received the worst part of a winter storm in the region.

The west was hit harder than the east. While temperatures rose above freezing in Charlottetown and snow turned to rain overnight, colder temperatures in the west led to more snow. Temperatures fell rapidly Tuesday morning.

Kim Ellsworth of Summerside sent this picture of a truck stuck by the side of the road. ((submitted by Kim Ellsworth))

"We're going to see some return to colder and wintery conditions," said Environment Canada meteorologist Darren Borgel.

"Cold arctic air is going to flow right back into the region starting this morning. Winds are already picking up over the western part of the Island."

Winds could reach 50 km/h, with gusts to 70 occasionally to 90.

The strongest winds were expected in Kings County Tuesday evening with heavy snow flurries creating whiteout conditions.

Storm surges were not expected to be a problem.