White Juan-like blizzard heading for P.E.I. on Wednesday

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A major blizzard that is being compared to 2004's White Juan is forecast to slam into P.E.I. on Wednesday.

Environment Canada meteorologist Linda Libby says it would not be a stretch to call Wednesday’s storm White Juan 2.

White Juan hit the Maritimes in February 2004, dumping 74.4 centimetres in Charlottetown.

Libby says they are monitoring a number of weather models, including those issued from the United States and Europe, and none of them indicate there is any chance this blizzard misses Prince Edward Island.

Right now, Environment Canada says the entire province can expect at least 25 centimetres but chances are good that as much as 45 centimetres could fall on the Island.

Flurries are expected to begin falling by 7 a.m. Wednesday with snow, at times very heavy, beginning around 11 a.m.

Winds are expected to pick up by Wednesday afternoon, gusting at “90-plus kilometres’’. Libby said the winds could gust in excess of 100 kilometres in Charlottetown and central regions.

Wind speeds are expected to stay strong overnight, not diminishing until 9 a.m. Thursday. The strongest winds are expected between 9 p.m. and midnight Wednesday.

Temnperatures are expected to hover around -2 to -3 with wind chills around -13 on Wednesday.

Libby said people are advised to seek shelter and stay there. Those who decide to head to work Wednesday morning before it gets bad need to understand “there is no guarantee you will get home until the next day.’’

There is a chance, for the eastern part of P.E.I., that there could be rain mixed in with Wednesday’s blizzard. Libby said they could get 30-40 cm of snow turning to 10 millimetres of rain by 8 p.m. Wednesday and then back to snow.

They are monitoring another system heading for the Maritimes for Saturday but this one could be rain with temperatures expected to rise to 10 degrees Celsius. The problem, of course, is it all that snow is going to melt “before people have a chance to clear all the drains around the house’’.


Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, United States Europe

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  • Charlottetownian
    March 25, 2014 - 18:25

    Government employees forecasting. Probably not even a flake.

    • Charlottetownian
      March 26, 2014 - 05:56

      Nothing. An excuse for civil servants to take the day off at tax payer expense.

    • Charlottetownian
      March 26, 2014 - 10:38

      Nearly noon and the Govies have had taxpayer vacation all morning for no good reason.

  • country boy
    March 25, 2014 - 05:55

    I'll be listening to Island morning on line from sunny Spain. Hang in there and enjoy the last blast of the winter. Hey it's Canada and there is no place like home.

  • Stan Hope
    March 24, 2014 - 20:58

    LOL ! The Boston media is notorious their "the sky is falling " weather coverage.Of course they're "bracing" for Wednesday ... it would't be a Boston newscast without a major weather alert.

  • Badbogey
    March 24, 2014 - 13:59

    I'm surprised no one is blaming this on the Ghiz Government

    • Impeach Ghiz
      March 25, 2014 - 18:26

      After he singlehandedly destroyed the world economy, we get this???????

    • Strong in Stratford
      March 27, 2014 - 00:27

      Ya we are blaming him,,,, its always his fault !! lol

  • wog
    March 24, 2014 - 13:03

    This winter should help out the Island's water table when spring shows up....whenever that'll be.

    • only
      March 24, 2014 - 19:45

      Only I'm sure any water saved by citizens will be sold to cruise ships.

  • voter
    March 24, 2014 - 12:33

    don't believe it - these forecasters like to exaggerate

    • LA
      March 24, 2014 - 19:20

      Suit yourself voter, I guess we'll find out. It's not a matter of believing it in any case. It's a matter of where it tracks.

  • Joe Doe
    March 24, 2014 - 12:03


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      March 24, 2014 - 14:31


  • one season
    March 24, 2014 - 11:27

    Only in Canada do we get this kind of weather at this point.. lol

    • don
      March 24, 2014 - 12:17

      well better a snow storm or would you rather have tornado's, mud slides, sink holes,earth quakes? i'll take the snow.

    • The Observer from Stratford
      March 24, 2014 - 13:50

      Not true. If you can receive Boston TV you'll see that Boston is also bracing for Wed.