Published on February 08, 2013
Motorists battle whiteout conditions on Highway 13 as a snowstorm dumps up to 15 centimetres of snow Friday, February 8, 2013 in Laval, Que. The storm is now making its way to Prince Edward Island.
HE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Published on November 05, 2010
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.