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A winter storm watch has been issued for all of Prince Edward Island as a storm, some have said is historic in its size and strength, gets set to hit the Island.
Strong winds, snow and blowing snow will begin overnight Friday night and intensify on Saturday.
Its’ cause is a low-pressure system that will intensify as it passes near Cape Hatteras on Friday before tracking south of Nova Scotia Saturday night.
This system will give snow at times heavy, strong northeast winds and blowing snow to Prince Edward Island beginning overnight Friday night.
These conditions will persist Saturday and into Sunday morning.
“While it is too early to give an accurate estimate of snowfall potential, some guidance is indicating that amounts of 20 to 30 centimetres are possible by Sunday morning,” a statement from Environment Canada says.
Strong northeast and north winds over the Gulf of St. Lawrence may also give higher than normal water levels overnight Saturday night and into Sunday, and will push pack ice into north to northeast facing shorelines.
For the next 24 hours, Islanders will be dealing with extreme cold.
Northwest winds 30 gusting to 50 kilometres tonight will drop the temperature to minus 21, with cold wind chills near minus 30.
Friday’s forecast calls for sunny skies.
It will become cloudy overnight then snow will begin. Winds will become east 20 kilometres near midnight then northeast 40 gusting to 60 before morning.
Temperature will rise to minus 10 by Saturday morning but cold wind chills near minus 25 will persist.
…The Guardian will have more on this storm as it continues to move closer to Prince Edward Island in print, on its e-edition and online at www.theguardian.pe.ca