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Extreme winter storm brings significant snowfall, ice pellets and freezing rain

A silhouette of a person walking in downtown Summerside during the snow blizzard.
A silhouette of a person walking in downtown Summerside during the snow blizzard. - Desiree Anstey

Winter storm warning issued by Environment Canada

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - Faye MacKinnon was walking her dog Jersey in Heather Moyse Heritage Park as the snow started slamming Summerside late Sunday morning.

After the walk, the two were planning to spend the rest of the day inside and safe from the storm that followed.

Faye MacKinnon was out in Heather Moyse Heritage Park walking her dog called Jersey before the severe snow storm slammed Summerside, which started on late Sunday morning.
Faye MacKinnon was out in Heather Moyse Heritage Park walking her dog called Jersey before the severe snow storm slammed Summerside, which started on late Sunday morning.

Blowing snow started around 10:30 a.m. and is expected to change to ice pellets in the afternoon and freezing rain later in the evening.

Environment Canada has tracked the storm across the Maritimes and is warning that hazardous winter conditions are expected.

The weather site stated that Islanders can expect to see up to 20 cm of snow across Prince and Queens counties before the changeover.

“Strong easterly winds will develop this afternoon and evening gusting to 80 km/h likely giving extensive blowing snow before the precipitation changeover,” said Environment Canada.

Treacherous road conditions are also expected early Monday.

Visibility may suddenly be reduced at times on Sunday as a result of the significant snowfall.

Islanders are advised to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to PEstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #PEStorm.

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