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High winds, ice create road hazards in parts of the Maritimes

Many schools were closed in the area due to the high winds (courtesy: Eric Abbott)
Many schools were closed in the area due to the high winds (courtesy: Eric Abbott)

The Canadian Press

January 30, 2013 — Police in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are warning motorists to drive carefully or stay off the roads as strong winds and icy conditions are anticipated through the night.

Wind warnings are in place
Wind warnings are in place

RCMP in New Brunswick say they responded to 26 crashes in various parts of the province between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. due to poor driving conditions.

Police says the wet and windy weather is a contributing factor in some of the crashes, which didn't result in fatalities.

In Prince Edward Island, the RCMP is urging motorists to consider staying off the roads as freezing rain has created treacherous conditions.

Environment Canada is expecting strong winds to build across the Maritimes into the evening, with forecasts calling for strong gusts in Nova Scotia, up to 70 kilometres per hour. In parts of southeastern New Brunswick and most of Prince Edward Island there was a wind warning in effect, with gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour. Gusts in the marshland areas on the border between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick could reach up to 110 kilometres per hour.

The weather prompted many schools in the Fredericton and Moncton areas to close for the day.

That included schools in the anglophone east, west and north districts along with the francophone south school district.

In Prince Edward Island, school buses were delayed by at least one hour from the usual departure times to allow ice conditions to improve.

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