UPDATE: P.E.I. dodges blizzard, but wind warning remains in place

Wayne Thibodeau
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P.E.I. dodged a major winter blizzard on Monday, according to Environment Canada.

However parts of the province will still see heavy winds and blowing snow to start off the first full week of February.

Throughout the weekend, Canada’s national weather service was bracing Islanders for a major winter storm.

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By Sunday, Environment Canada had posted blizzard warnings for Queens and Kings counties.

But by late Sunday, the blizzard warnings were dropped.

Environment Canada has maintained a wind warning for all three counties.

Strong northwest winds could gust to 90 kilometres an hour, up to 100 kilometres an hour in Kings County. The strongest winds will hit Monday afternoon.

Jean-Marc Couturier, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, admitted this storm was a difficult one to track.

“We had decided to issue the blizzard warning for P.E.I. because of the fact there would be a good snowfall Sunday afternoon and Sunday night, then the winds would pick up [Monday] morning,” Couturier said Sunday night.

“We had decided to issue the blizzard warning for P.E.I. because of the fact there would be a good snowfall Sunday afternoon and Sunday night, then the winds would pick up [Monday] morning,” Jean-Marc Couturier, a meteorologist with Environment Canada

“Although the precipitation and the winds were not going to be concurrent, the end result from the snowfall would be enough to create the blizzard conditions. As it turns out, the air has become quite a bit warmer and we’ll get rain and freezing rain.”

Still, Couturier said winds are going to be strong which may disrupt travel, especially on the Confederation Bridge and at Charlottetown Airport.

The Confederation Bridge was warning that restrictions may be necessary for most of the day Monday.

The low-pressure system developed south of Nova Scotia and intensified as it passed east of Cape Breton.

Snowfall amounts of 5 to 15 centimetres were expected with higher amounts over eastern portions of the Island.

High winds were expected to generate pounding surf on the North Coast of the Island on Monday, especially over eastern portions of the Island.

Couturier said lower tide cycles means the threat of storm surges is low. 

The rest of the week looks like sunny skies and cold temperatures.

 

 

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Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Eastern Gulf, Canada

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  • just wonderin
    February 04, 2013 - 06:29

    Just how did PEI "dodge" this blizzard? Did it: A/ Duck? B/ Zig to the right? C/ Zag to the left?

  • Wallman
    February 03, 2013 - 16:53

    Strange how the forecasts go....Never seem to get anything right and how a storm can simply disappear from everywhere in the Maritimes after all the talk of the snow that we were supposed to get...Makes you wonder if we are actually going to get it and once again make a fool of Environment Canada?

  • apocalypse awaits
    February 03, 2013 - 11:33

    OMG, a whole 30 cm of snow? That's, what? 11.8 inches? Wow. Wake me up whenever you get something worthy of reporting, such as a snowfall above 100 cm. It isn't even news in Canada when we have anything less than 60 cm. I'm not even 30 years old and I never remembered school being cancelled for anything less than 40 cm. Media and government and the weather office are all trying to hype their importance (impotence?) when in reality, these 3 institutions are quickly becoming irrelevant in the 21st century.

  • J.R.W
    February 03, 2013 - 10:15

    And a possible storm comming for next weekend too!!!!

  • East point lad
    February 03, 2013 - 09:38

    Well the weather network was calling for 30 to 40 centimeters for the past 4 weeks and i guess you have to be right sooner or later .So have fun with whatever we do get but be safe

  • dave anger
    February 02, 2013 - 20:37

    W.T.F winter time fun