Blowing snow, flurries continue into Thursday night

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Colonel Gray High School in Charlottetown was quiet Thursday as schools across Prince Edward Island were cancelled.  (Shane Ross/CBC - image credit)
Colonel Gray High School in Charlottetown was quiet Thursday as schools across Prince Edward Island were cancelled. (Shane Ross/CBC - image credit)

Snowy, windy weather that cancelled schools on Prince Edward Island Thursday will persist throughout the evening and into tomorrow in some areas, says CBC P.E.I. meteorologist Jay Scotland.

See a full list of cancellations on Storm Centre.

Winds kicked up Thursday afternoon across the Island, blowing around falling snow, reducing visibility on roads and leading to wind restrictions on Confederation Bridge, which have since been lifted.

Some highways were covered or partly covered in snow. Plows, salters and sanders are out across the province.

"My main concern tonight is blowing snow," Scotland said. "Flurries will persist over central and eastern areas tonight and, with northwest winds from 30 to 60 km/h or more, visibility may be reduced, particularly for exposed (rural) areas."

Chilly Friday forecast

Flurries will wrap up later tonight up west, he said, but may linger into the morning hours for central P.E.I.

For eastern Kings, the flurries could persist into mid-afternoon Friday and northwest winds will remain quite strong — 25-50 km/h or more — with blowing snow possible.

"My other concern is for icy patches on roads, sidewalks and walkways as today's warmer temperatures have left a lot of standing water on the ground," Scotland said.

"Temperatures will drop big time tonight so watch for icy surfaces."

Friday will be pretty sunny for much of the Island, but it will be chilly and the winds will be blustery so wind chill values below –20 in the morning and near –20 in the afternoon.

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