RCMP warning drivers to stay off roads after multiple vehicle collisions

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RCMP have been warning drivers to slow down or avoid driving altogether due to Tuesday's slippery roads and poor visibility. (Mitch Cormier/CBC - image credit)
RCMP have been warning drivers to slow down or avoid driving altogether due to Tuesday's slippery roads and poor visibility. (Mitch Cormier/CBC - image credit)

Prince Edward Islanders are being advised to stay off the roads if possible Tuesday, with RCMP and plow dispatchers saying surfaces are slippery and whiteout conditions are making visibility poor in some areas.

There have been at least four collisions Tuesday afternoon in the East Prince area alone — in Grand River, Summerside, Bedeque and Norboro.

At least three involved multiple vehicles at intersections.

"Across the Island, road conditions are slippery and snow covered," said RCMP Sgt. Chris Gunn.

There's no word yet on whether there were injuries.

Gunn said if you have to drive, take extra time and reduce speeds according to the conditions.

The snow and wind storm began Monday afternoon and was followed in many regions by hours of rain before a deep freeze set in early Tuesday. Winds are expected to stay strong well into Wednesday.

Plows were bust trying to keep the roads clear Tuesday.
Plows were bust trying to keep the roads clear Tuesday.(Danny Arsenault/CBC)

Maritime Electric has restored power to almost 1,000 customers in western P.E.I., mostly in the area around Borden-Carleton.

Some COVID-19 testing clinics cancelled

Health PEI first delayed and then cancelled COVID-19 testing clinics planned for Slemon Park and Three Oaks high school in Summerside and for Bordon-Carleton.

Closures or cancellations due to weather can be reported to CBC's Storm Centre at 1-877-236-9350.

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