Prince Edward Island residents are bracing themselves for what could be one of the worst blizzards of the season on Wednesday.
Environment Canada has issued blizzard warnings for all three counties warning that upwards of 40 centimetres of snow may fall across the Island.
“This is a warning that blizzard conditions with near-zero visibilities are expected,” Environment Canada said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
A low-pressure system, which was developing over the U.S. eastern seaboard Tuesday night, was to blame for the storm. It was expected to track northeastward passing near the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia on Wednesday.
Environment Canada said the storm would bring significant snowfall amounts of 20 to 40 centimetres, with strong winds and blowing snow to all of P.E.I.
Blizzard conditions are forecast later in the day on Wednesday with winds gusting to 80 km/hour for some areas.
The storm is expected to play havoc with travel on and off of Prince Edward Island.
On Tuesday, the Confederation Bridge issued an advisory that with wind gusts of up to 100 km/hour on the bridge, restrictions were expected between 12 Noon Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday morning.
There were no indications of delays at the Charlottetown Airport late Tuesday.
Wednesday marks the launch of The Guardian’s Storm Watch. The latest information on Wednesday’s blizzard, including cancellations, will be posted on the Cover It Live live blog. The Guardian will also be sharing your videos, your photos and your storm updates. Click on the Storm Watch banner at the top of the homepage to take part.
However, Air Canada was advising travellers to check the flight status before leaving for the airport. Air Canada is also allowing to travellers to change their flights without penalty.
John Caines, with Canada Post, issued an advisory saying blizzard conditions may impede mail delivery.
“Every attempt will be made to get all the mail out for delivery but, due to the severe weather, some addresses may not receive mail (Wednesday),” said Caines.
“Once the weather improves normal delivery will resume.”
Production of the print and e-editions of The Guardian has also been moved up in an effort to get the newspapers delivered across Prince Edward Island before the blizzard hits.
Mike Whelan, director of reader sales and services, said every effort will be made to get the newspapers delivered on time however delays are possible depending on weather conditions. He reminder readers that the latest news headlines are available 24/7 on The Guardian’s website at www.theguardian.pe.ca