Transportation and Works
December 29, 2016

Public Advisory: Adverse Weather Conditions Anticipated to Cause Delays

Due to adverse weather conditions forecast for tomorrow (Friday, December 30) and into Saturday, marine services and road conditions could be impacted. Residents across the province are advised to reschedule travel plans if possible due to anticipated delays related to this impending weather. Crews with the Department of Transportation and Works are monitoring conditions, preparing for the adverse weather and checking road infrastructure.

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, total rainfall amounts are likely to reach 25 millimetres over much of the southern and eastern portions of the island Friday through Friday night. Total rainfall amounts near or exceeding the 40-75 millimetre range are expected over much of eastern parts of the island by Saturday afternoon, and peak rainfall rates of 5-10 millimetres per hour, are possible. A brief period of freezing rain or snow is possible over much of the island at the onset of precipitation Friday morning or afternoon, however, this is not expected to occur over the eastern region of the island.

If travel is necessary, motorists are advised to drive with caution, obey signs and follow directions. Depending on the severity of the system and potential impacts, speed limits may be reduced in some locations or barriers and temporary bypasses could be in place.

Residents are reminded to check for updated road condition reports, highway camera images and safe driving tips.

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Media contact:

Brian Scott
Manager of Media Relations
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-1758, 725-9201

2016 12 29                              2:50 p.m.