Environment Canada issues a special weather statement for the Island saying more than 20 to 30 centimetres of snow is possible with heavy winds
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P.E.I. residents need to prepare for what looks like a major winter storm that is expected to hit the province on Saturday.
The storm may still be three days away, but Environment Canada has already issued a special weather statement for the Island.
The national weather service says more than 20 to 30 centimetres of snow could fall on P.E.I. before the storm passes Sunday.
That snow will be combined with high winds creating blowing snow throughout the weekend.
“Forecast guidance is indicating that a low-pressure system near Cape Hatteras on Friday will deepen rapidly as it sweeps up the Atlantic coast to pass south of Nova Scotia on Saturday,” said an Environment Canada statement.
“This storm will give very strong northeasterlies to the region and periods of snow and blowing snow, spreading from west to east on Saturday and possibly persisting into early Sunday.”
It is still too early for good estimates of snowfall amounts, but more than 20 to 30 centimetres of snow are possible for parts of the Island.
Strong northeast and north winds over the Gulf of St. Lawrence may also give higher than normal water levels, and will push pack ice into north to northeast facing shorelines.
“The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.”
A second storm could be in the works for early next week.