Snow continues to pile up in Prince Edward Island with a third major storm this month; 20-40 centimeters expected
Prince Edward Island is experiencing another major snowstorm on January 29, its third in the past four weeks.
The snow and wind started picking up around 9 a.m. on Saturday January 29 and became a full storm by noon.
SaltWire Network weather specialist Allister Aalders said Jan. 28 to expect a mix of wind and precipitation.
“20 to 40 cm of snow and ice pellets expected on the island with up to 5 to 10 mm of rain to the east. ”
Maritime Electric reported 157 customers without power as of 2:31 p.m. By 3:21 p.m., the number had dropped to 18.
The Confederation Bridge announced on Saturday that it is restricting passage to certain categories of vehicles until the current high wind situation changes.
“Restricted classes include automobiles towing trailers, motorcycles, high-sided vehicles including trucks, tractor-trailers, recreational vehicles and buses,” they said at 12:50 p.m.
At 2:55 a.m., they completely closed the bridge.
Health PEI announced at 2:30 p.m. that COVID-19 testing sites in Borden, Summerside and Charlottetown will be closed until the morning of Sunday, January 30.
Around 1 p.m., Charlottetown police warned people online that travel was not recommended due to poor visibility on the roads.
They also posted dozens of photos taken by E-watch cameras around the city, showing current road conditions.
On January 28, the day before the storm hit, the Prince Edward Island RCMP warned Islanders online that road conditions could worsen in bad weather over the weekend.
“For the latest weather and road conditions, visit http://511.gov.pe.ca or call 511. For storm details, visit http://weather.gc.ca #DriveSafe,” wrote they stated.
And around noon on Saturday January 29, they said to avoid travel if possible.
“The condition of the roads is deteriorating rapidly. #RCMPPEI is already receiving reports of abandoned and stranded vehicles.
Environment Canada is releasing a preliminary summary of precipitation and wind data for Prince Edward Island and other provinces, but they hadn’t released data for Saturday’s storm when this story ran. .
Logan MacLean is a reporter for SaltWire Network