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Snow changes to rain as winds pick up on P.E.I.

Snow has changed to rain across much of P.E.I., and the wind is picking up strength.

Gusts of more than 123 kilometres an hour reported

Visibility was poor in some areas of the province, including this stretch of road in Brackley. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

Snow has changed to rain across much of P.E.I., the wind is picking up, and roads remain slippery in some areas Tuesday night.

The snowfall warning has ended.

Wind gusts of more than 123 km/h were recorded at times.

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RCMP said there was a single vehicle collision in Mount Herbert, and warned motorists about slippery roads.

"The rain on top of the packed snow and ice have made for some really slippery driving conditions. The [Trans-Canada Highway] in Queens County also looks bare to pavement but it is slippery in places as well," RCMP said via Twitter.

Paul Bernard, a plow dispatcher in Prince County, said salt and sand trucks were out helping to clear the roads.

"With this rain, it's stopping the snow from drifting or slowing it down from drifting. So it's helping the situation. Just drive with caution and watch the road conditions if there's snow drift, and slow down and watch for any freezing rain."

In Queens County, the dispatcher there said roads were slushy, and visibility was low west of Charlottetown with blowing snow.

In Kings County, roads are reportedly better.

Snow started falling around 9 a.m. Highways on P.E.I. were snow-covered and slippery with blowing snow and whiteouts in some areas.

CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland expected 15 to 25 centimetres of snow in Prince County, where a snowfall warning was issued, and 10 to 15 centimetres in Queens and Kings counties.

Islanders were digging out late Tuesday afternoon as snow began to taper off. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

All of the Island will see heavy rain and increasingly strong winds overnight. Scotland said some gusts of up to 90 km/h are possible. There could even be a rumble or two of thunder, he said.

Slush and local flooding could be an issue.

The storm cancelled the regular weekly pandemic briefing from Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison. COVID-19 testing sites closed early.

Don Patton of Charlottetown braved the storm on Queen Street around 11 a.m. to buy a dozen eggs. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

Canada Post issued a yellow service alert, meaning carriers would do their best to deliver mail, but there could be delays.

Confederation Bridge warned of traffic restrictions that could potentially continue into Wednesday morning.

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