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Expect a mixed blast of winter in this storm

Many Prince Edward County residents were “storm shopping” for supplies Monday as hazardous winter conditions are expected Tuesday into Wednesday.

Total snowfall amounts anywhere from 20 to 35 cm are likely – mixed in with ice pellets and wind – before the snow tapers off during the day Wednesday.

Environment Canada says snow begins Tuesday morning and strong easterly winds gusting between 20km/h up to 70 km/h will cause reduced visibilities in blowing snow.

Snow, at times heavy, in the morning is to become mixed with ice pellets late in the afternoon. Blowing snow is forecast for the afternoon. Snow and ice pellet amount is estimated to be 10 to 20 cm. The wind chill is expected to be -21C in the morning and -14C in the afternoon.

Prince Edward OPP is urging motorists to stay off the roads unless necessary, and to contact 511 for local weather and road conditions.

After reviewing Environment Canada’s regional weather alerts and observing the current weather conditions, the County of Prince Edward is declaring a significant weather event in the municipality.

Residents are advised to use extra caution as the municipality may not be able to meet its maintenance standards for roads and sidewalks due to the heavy snowfall and may take longer than usual.

The municipality has cancelled its regular council meeting Tuesday night. Two of the agenda items will be dealt with during a special council meeting Thursday, Feb. 14 following the Committee of the Whole meeting. A council meeting is to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19 for the balance of the agenda.

The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors has cancelled its foot care clinics in Picton and Wellington on Tuesday and in Picton, Wellington and Rossmore on Wednesday. The Meditation for Seniors program has also been cancelled – for the third time. The first class is now set for Wed. Feb. 20. Community Care’s Thrift Shop at 153 Main Street is closed today. All routes of Meals on Wheels are cancelled for tomorrow.

All Tri-Board busing has been cancelled. All schools and offices are closed today. Employees do not have to report to work. The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board decision was made in consultation with the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, and the Limestone District School Board, which are also closing their schools and offices today.

For those with plans to seek comfort in the south, note hundreds of flights to and from Toronto Pearson International Airport are being delayed or cancelled as a major winter storm bears down on southern Ontario.

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