High winds, 10-20 cm of snow expected for Wednesday
SUMMERSIDE — Don’t put away that shovel just yet — Old Man Winter is about to throw another punch.
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Another winter storm on its way
Environment Canada meteorologist Paula Sutherland said Monday that a system moving up the coast from Cape Cod is going to bring high winds and snowfall amounts between 10 and 20 centimetres on Wednesday.
“We’re starting to get into more of a winter season so I wouldn’t put the shovel away yet,” Sutherland said with a laugh.
In a special weather statement issued at 4 p.m. Monday, Environment Canada warned of the impending storm.
The low-pressure system will develop near Cape Cod on Tuesday and track northeastward towards P.E.I. for Wednesday. The storm will bring heavy snow starting early Wednesday morning and persisting throughout the day.
Snow will possibly change over to rain or light showers in the afternoon with the storm continuing to track northeastward towards Newfoundland late in the day.
Environment Canada is telling those planning travel or involved in other weather sensitive activities Wednesday to monitor the forecast and road conditions before travelling.
This follows the first major winter storm to wallop the province Sunday, resulting in the shutdown of services, cancellations, restrictions on the Confederation Bridge, cancellation of ferry crossings and delays at the Charlottetown Airport.
“We did have a system that moved off the eastern seaboard late Saturday and then intensified as it tracked… and moved across southwestern Nova Scotia late Saturday afternoon and then was south of Halifax by evening,” said Sutherland. “Across P.E.I. snowfall amounts ranged from about 12 centimetres at East Point up to 20 to 25 centimetres in some regions and Summerside reported 16 centimetres.”
Another two to four centimetres fell in Prince County throughout the day Monday.
Winds throughout the day Sunday resulted in poor visibility, with peak winds of 78 kilometres per hour in Summerside, and 85 kilometres per hour at East Point.
At one point during the storm’s peak, snow removal equipment was called off secondary roads and police were warning Islanders not to risk driving.
Throughout the day Monday, winds were from the west gusting to 50 to 60 kilometres an hour, prompting students in Prince County, who had already had an hour-late start to their school day, to be sent home at noon.
Flurries were expected to continue overnight Monday, with snowfall amounts of two to four centimetres, winds of 20 to 40 kilometres per hour out of the west causing blowing snow. Temperatures overnight were expected to dip to -11 degrees Celsius.
Tuesday, there is a 60 per cent chance of flurries in the morning and a mix of sun and cloud for the day, with winds gusting 30 to 60 kilometres in the morning, diminishing into the afternoon and temperatures of -9 degrees Celsius, dipping to -12 overnight.
That, said Sutherland, will be the calm before the storm.
“Into tomorrow night, we are looking at increasing clouds and some snow beginning before morning and affecting the province throughout the day,” she added. “It is another storm.”
Sutherland did say, by early indications, the snow will stick around for Christmas. The probability of a white Christmas — meaning there’s two centimetres of snow on the ground — is about 60 per cent, said the veteran meteorologist.
“There’s a pretty good chance, statistically speaking.”
To monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada visit www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.