Spring storm bringing snow, 100 km/h gusts to Prince Edward Island

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Forecasters are comparing Wednesday's blizzard with white Juan, which hit Prince Edward Island in February 2004. This is what Charlottetown looked like after Juan hit Prince Edward Island with 80 centimetres of snow.

Atlantic Canada is bracing for a spring storm that could dump more than a foot of snow, bring wind gusts of more than 100 kilometres per hour and storm surges that could damage docks and coastal properties.

The snow is forecast to begin late Wednesday morning over Prince Edward Island and become heavy at times during the afternoon and evening before tapering off after midnight.

Northeast winds will steadily increase during the day and will gust up to 110 kilometres per hour Wednesday evening.


Environment Canada forecaster Tracey Talbot said the possibility of damage is real because a storm surge will bring rising waters along the coastlines — in some cases 50 to 80 centimetres higher than normal, with strong waves driving the sea into shore.

“That is definitely something we have to keep an eye on, especially if it coincides with high tides,” Talbot said Tuesday.

“With the storm surge we’re expecting, we could see some flooding and some local infrastructure damage.”

Up to 40 centimetres of snow is expected to fall in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and southern New Brunswick, she said.

Prince Edward Island is expected to see particularly powerful gusts, with winds expected to reach 110 km/hr. The province’s Office of Public Safety is advising Islanders to prepare for the possibility of power disruptions.


“Snow and ice buildup on tree branches, rooftops and utility lines can lead to dangerous conditions with breaking branches, downed utility lines and possibly power outages,” the office said in a news release.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, U.S.

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  • Random Citizen
    March 26, 2014 - 09:21

    Anyone wanna have a snowball fight?

  • The Observer from Stratford
    March 25, 2014 - 13:32

    Oh Stan. The groundhogs are a nice little diversion in the news from serious issues. No one over the age of six takes them seriously. (Which, come to think of it is how many take Environment Canada these days).

  • Stan Hope
    March 25, 2014 - 12:12

    I never want to hear that bull$#@% story about the groundhog not seeing his shadow ever again.Upside of things,with such a cold winter shouldn't the earwigs take a beating this summer ... or is that another one of those cute fairy tales to make us all feel better as well.

    • Gramma Says: on the plus side
      March 25, 2014 - 14:07

      Weather topic is always a great ice-breaker in a roomful of strangers who have very long waits to endure, so good for something, also workers may get some good overtime pay.

    • Bill Hanson
      March 25, 2014 - 14:18

      Stan Hope, what is it like to go through life with no sense of humour or any sense of fun or play in your dark life?

    • country boy
      March 25, 2014 - 16:08

      Stan, unfortunately the bugs are doing quite well under the layer of snow. There is no heavy frost in the ground.

    • Stan Hope
      March 26, 2014 - 07:01

      Hey Bill Hanson ... It was a joke ! Talk about a dark life with no sense of humor.

    • Stan Hope
      March 26, 2014 - 07:05

      Nice to see the internet trolls are alive and well.