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Snowfall clean up continues in the County

JAN. 18 – Clean up continues from yesterday’s snowfall of more than 32cm (recorded at CFB Trenton). The County plans to remove snow along roadsides in Wellington, Bloomfield and Picton beginning today.

Crews will start snow blowing roadsides in Wellington and Bloomfield beginning at 9 pm on Monday, Jan. 17. Crews will move on to Picton on Jan. 18-19.

The municipality reminds residents that an overnight parking ban is in effect on all Prince Edward County roads from Dec. 1 – March 31, between the hours of 2 am and 6 am.
The winter parking restriction includes all municipal parking lots, except in these areas posted with winter parking sections:
Mary Street parking lot (Picton): Spaces in the first row to the Ieft of the entrance are designated for overnight parking.
55 King Street parking lot (Picton): Parking is permitted along the right side of the lot on odd-numbered days and along the left side of the lot on even-numbered days.

OPP East Region shared this photo on social media noting “In County fashion, a tractor to the rescue.” OPP ask people to stay home and give roads crews time to work. Heavy snow continues and many side roads are not yet cleared.

UPDATE JAN 17: Prince Edward County has joined neighbouring municipalities in declaring a significant weather event, advising residents 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.

The declaration does not change how or when the municipality performs its winter maintenance operations. However, it may take the municipality longer than usual to bring the roads back to a state of repair.

All Hastings Prince Edward and Catholic District schools are closed due to the significant winter storm and safety concerns. All in-person, virtual and remote learning is also cancelled today.  Before- and after-school child care facilities in schools are also closed.

A look off the shore at Waupoos this weekend. – Dale Miller photo

JAN 16 – Grocery stores and gas stations were busy Sunday as residents stocked up, mindful of a winter storm warning that could bring 25 to 40 cm of snow (approximately 10 to 16 inches) or more in some locations.

Environment Canada states winter storm conditions begin late tonight with snow, at times heavy, with peak snowfall rates of 2 to 5 cm per hour possible. Expect snow mixed with ice pellets overnight which could amount to 10 to 20 cm.

The first day of school for area students may be a snow day and people are being advised to consider postponing non-essential travel through Monday evening as visibility could be significantly reduced due to the snowfall and winds gusting up to 60 km/h.

Snow on Monday, at times heavy, and blowing snow is expected to amount 15 to 25 cm. Expect wind gusts to 50 km/h.

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