Snow, freezing rain and rain possible for Sunday

Wayne Thibodeau
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City of Charlottetown crews clean the snow from University Avenue Thursday to make room for something nasty that this way comes for Sunday.

Environment Canada warns of another major storm on the weekend that could dump 10 to 15 centimetres of snow, freezing rain and rain

Winter weary Islanders need to brace themselves for what may very well be a third storm heading towards Prince Edward Island.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Sunday for all three counties for the potential for a third winter storm in a week.

“On Saturday a trough of low-pressure will slowly move over the Maritimes and remain over the region throughout the weekend,” Environment Canada says.


“There is potential for significant snow, freezing rain, ice pellets, and blowing snow on Sunday.”

While it is too early to predict any amounts or duration of the snow or freezing rain with this event, Environment Canada will continue to monitor the development of this storm providing updates as new information becomes available.

“There is potential for significant snow, freezing rain, ice pellets, and blowing snow on Sunday,” Environment Canada

The current forecast calls for extended periods of freezing rain or rain on Sunday.

But before all that, some forecast models suggest, another 10 to 15 centimetres of snow may fall.

“Those planning travel or other weather-sensitive activities for Sunday are advised to monitor future forecasts for more information and any warnings that may be required,” Environment Canada adds.

For the record, the first day of winter doesn’t begin until Dec. 21.


Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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Recent comments

  • Keep Canada Post Get Rid of Environment Canada
    December 19, 2013 - 14:07

    The last couple of storms every source you go to for weather had something different. Sometimes even the same source (Environment Canada) had different forecasts and they were all supposedly updated at the same time. Boomers predictions even varied significantly from Environment Canada and I understand Environment Canada is where he gets his information. At one point Wednesday, either on his blog or in a tweet he said we could get 40 cms of snow. Environment Canada was saying 15 to 25. Where is he getting his information? And it is not just a Boomer issue. This story says Environment Canada is saying 10 to 15 cm of snow freezing rain and rain for Sunday. When you click on the Environment Canada link provided for Sunday it says only periods of freezing rain or rain. I don't understand the discrepancy.

    • reality
      December 19, 2013 - 17:36

      The answer to your question is fairly simple: weather forecasting is not even remotely an exact science.

    • To Reality
      December 19, 2013 - 20:33

      I can live with it not being an exact science. What I find so annoying is that the forecasts aren't even consistant on different parts of the same Environment Canada Web site. I guess I will just have to go back to my low tech method. Look out the window.

    • To Weather or Not to Weather
      December 20, 2013 - 07:39

      From where I sit, the media's penchant to amplify the drama is a big part of the problem. Also, our own sense of entitlement to certitude and absolutes doesn't help either. All that aside, here's something I actually did a few years ago. I used ancient weather forecasting observations (IE: reading nature) to formulate my predictions. I then tracked my predictions and juxtaposed them against the "official" forecasts. Interestingly, over six weeks, the "official" forecasts were about 8% more accurate than those generated by the ancient methods I used. Mind you, my forecasts were for my little area - not for Canada as a whole. My conclusion? Thank-goodness for Environment Canada because it was too much damn work for me to keep predicting the weather! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good fight!

  • Charlottetownian
    December 19, 2013 - 10:26

    Don't worry. This is being reported by civil servants. They can't not lie. No snow for the weekend.