UPDATE: Winter wallop heading this way

Dave Stewart
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Prince Edward Island is bracing for a wallop this weekend with the entire province now under a blizzard warning.

Paula Sutherland at Environment Canada’s Atlantic Storm Prediction Centre went back to 2005 to find the last significant snow event that compares with what’s in the forecast this weekend.

Heavy snow is expected to develop around 6 a.m. Saturday with winds gusting between 50-80 kilometres an hour blowing it around, causing blizzard conditions and near zero visibility.



Between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Environment Canada is forecasting 15 centimetres to fall, with a further 5-10 centimetres coming after 6 p.m. Saturday. Winds will continue to be strong Saturday night.


By the time this all ends Sunday, the province could see up to 30 centimetres of snow.

Strong northeast and north winds over the Gulf of St. Lawrence will also produce higher than normal water levels Saturday.

There is a risk of some coastal flooding especially at high tide Saturday night.

In addition, these strong winds will push pack ice into north to northeast facing shorelines.

Flurries and local blowing snow is expected on Sunday. It will be windy with a high of minus 6.

Islanders were taking the forecasted storm seriously on Friday. Products were flying off the shelves at stores across the province.

Dan Bedell, director of communications for the Canadian Red Cross in the Maritimes, said long lineups at the stores is music to his ears.

“We are watching the weather closely, as is everyone else. If the power goes out we will be on our way out as soon as it’s safe,’’ Kim Griffin, Maritime Electric

“That’s encouraging to us,’’ Bedell said. “Obviously, people are taking this seriously. They know it’s not safe to be out in blizzard conditions.’’

Bedell said the Red Cross has approximately 1,000 volunteers through the region that are ready to go, if needed.

The province’s Office of Public Safety issued its own advisory on Friday about the potential for storm surges. Higher than normal water levels, along with rough pounding surf can be expected late in the day Sunday.

“Flooding is possible,’’ the office said.

Kim Griffin with Maritime Electric said the utility will have crews on standby all weekend and will also have its call centre open in the event there are power outages.

Griffin asks anyone who loses power to call and report the outage.

“We have lots of supplies and our vehicles are fueled up,’’ Griffin said. “We are watching the weather closely, as is everyone else. If the power goes out we will be on our way out as soon as it’s safe.’’

While the storm will clear on Monday the forecast calls for more snow and more wind on Tuesday.
















Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Prince, Kings, Prince Edward Island Queens Cape Hatteras Nova Scotia

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Recent comments

  • ObB
    February 09, 2013 - 00:03

    I still never got my blackberry z 10 dam you rogers.

  • phil collins
    February 08, 2013 - 22:11

    Is this for real? It is like a bad skit from the trailer park boys! Hey bubbles and leahey get your act together this is an absolute embarrassment. Makes you wonder how all the geniuses end up in pei politics!!!

  • Sandra
    February 08, 2013 - 21:30

    "Scholar" Funny comment :) If our children only knew!

  • Quinten and Furby
    February 08, 2013 - 19:37

    It's a secret government Osama, alien doomsday chicken little conspiracy!!

  • What gives?
    February 08, 2013 - 19:27

    The CBC and this paper predict the end of the world, environment Canada predicts 2 - 5 cm's. What gives?

    • huh
      February 08, 2013 - 21:18

      Come again? Environment Canada is predicting 20-30cms, with high winds.

    • No
      February 08, 2013 - 22:33

      Yeah for tonight but not for tomorrow and Sunday. Next time scroll down the page and read a little more.

    February 08, 2013 - 17:37

    this is what you get when you elect a liberal gpvernment, just god dissagrreeing with us

    February 08, 2013 - 16:37

    Holy smokes Ross did you already forget about Monday's snow day ?

  • Teachers
    February 08, 2013 - 13:08

    Let the bellyaching begin.

  • The Observer from Stratford
    February 08, 2013 - 12:51

    This must be about the fourth warning this winter of imminent snow-maggedon. They have to be right one of these times..

  • Ross Mcdermott
    February 08, 2013 - 10:46

    Why can't we have this weather on a week day so we could have a snow day from school????

      February 08, 2013 - 17:55

      To ROSS: Hi Ross, when I was your age and going to school, many years ago, we didn't call them snow days, but we did not like storms because school was for us a holiday from chores around home. When it stormed we still had to feed the pigs and hens, give water to the other animals, empty the chamber pots, sweep the floors and after that we had to take care of all our little brothers and sisters, feed them and change them ......... oh, we loved going to school all the time, where we had a great time with our friends.