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Plows finding abandoned cars as they start on storm cleanup

Dispatchers have sent out the plows on P.E.I. to clean up after an overnight storm, and are asking drivers to give them the space to work.

Storm warning ended, but storm surge warning in Kings County remains

This car was abandoned near Bonshaw Friday morning. (Tom Steepe/CBC)

Dispatchers have sent out the plows on P.E.I. to clean up after an overnight storm, and are asking drivers to give them the space to work.

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Plows had been held back until close to 9 a.m., because strong winds and blowing snow were making conditions too dangerous. Plow operators are reporting a number of abandoned vehicles on the highways. Dispatchers were asking drivers to stay off the highways while they are being cleared.

Plows were dispatched in all three counties shortly before 9 a.m. (Donna Allen/CBC)

Even if you can get somewhere, chances are it is not open, or delayed in opening. Health PEI is asking patients to call ahead as services are hampered by the storm.

Environment Canada's winter storm warning has ended, but a storm surge warning remains in effect for Kings County.

Blowing and drifting snow made for low visibility. (Angela Walker/CBC)

UPEI and Holland College have closed for the day. There were no classes scheduled at public schools Friday due to a professional learning day for teachers.

The first two flights out of Charlottetown Airport were cancelled and there have been flight delays. The Confederation Bridge restricted high-sided vehicles overnight, but opened to all traffic again at about 10:30 a.m.

There are no power outages being reported.

'Not much moving in Kensington this morning!' wrote Rick Jamer on Twitter. (Rick Jamer/Twitter)

Storm moved out quickly

The snow started falling in Charlottetown about 6 p.m. Thursday, and Environment Canada reported 14 centimetres down by midnight.

Some main streets were plowed early this morning in Charlottetown, but plows were kept off the highways until just before 9 a.m. in rural areas. (Kevin Yarr/CBC)

It stopped falling about 10 a.m., Friday and storm conditions quickly passed on.

The sun came out in Charlottetown about 11 a.m. and the winds, which had peaked at 50 km/h with gusts to 70, had eased to 25 km/h with gusts of 50.

Environment Canada is forecasting continued flurries through the day with the temperature steady around -12 C. Wind chills will likely remain below -20 C.

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