Islanders brace for possible 1-2 weather punch

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As Mark Arsenault stood examining a rack of snow shovels on Thursday (he was posing for a picture), he had to step out of the way so a young couple could take down two scoops from a nearby shelf.

They weren’t the only ones doing that on Thursday, chuckled Arsenault, sports/seasonal manager at Canadian Tire Summerside.

Winter supplies were not flying off the shelves, he said, but there had definitely been an upswing in the amount of people in the store asking for everything related to snow removal.

Tom Puchniak, general manager of the store, said he’d also noticed the increase.

“There’s a lot of people that are all stirred up about it, like there would be for any weather event. People are coming in asking for … shovels, salt, ice choppers, and all that paraphernalia,” he said.

John Inglis, operations manager at Callbecks Home Hardware, said he’d also seen an upswing in snow shovel sales and all the other items that go with them. 

“It hasn’t been a big rush, but maybe because it’s the first one of the year. Sometimes we don’t believe it until it happens,” he chuckled.

“Sometimes it almost seems like the snow has to be falling, or the next day after the storm, that’s when people really seem to get in and get into the spirit of buying the products” he said.

Prince County was expected to get blasted by 15 cm of snow overnight, the first significant snowfall on P.E.I. this winter.

Storm warnings were in effect for Western P.E.I. throughout Thursday, and the snow was not expected to let up until early Friday morning.

As of Journal Pioneer deadline Environment Canada was forecasting rain and fog for Friday.

But Mother Nature isn’t done with P.E.I.

Linda Libby, an Environment Canada meteorologist based in Charlottetown, warned that a potentially larger system is on track to hit P.E.I. on Sunday.

That storm is looking to hit the whole province with snow, and no rain.

"One of the outstanding features for the next storm, is that it will intensify as it tracks south of Nova Scotia or on its way to Newfoundland," said Libby. "It will intensify rapidly.

Weather bomb is now an accepted meteorological label for a defined rate at which a low-pressure system intensifies, shown by the degree of pressure drop over a 24-hour period. This storm may meet the weather bomb definition.

"That has a big impact for the strength of the winds associated with it," said Libby.

The track of Sunday’s storm is also still in flux. Residents should stay tuned to local media for further updates.


With files from TC Media

Organizations: Canadian Tire Summerside, Environment Canada, Callbecks Home Hardware

Geographic location: P.E.I., Prince, Charlottetown Nova Scotia Newfoundland

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