School cancelled again in Prince Edward Island

Dave Stewart
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More snow on the way Sunday

First, the good news for Prince Edward Island schoolchildren: school is cancelled again for Friday, making for an extra long weekend.

Icy roads and blowing and drifting snow are still making for tough travelling on Island roadways this morning.

The bad news: There’s more snow on the way, a lot more.

Environment Canada meteorologist Linda Libby says their long- range models see four more snowstorms set to hit Prince Edward Island before the second week of April.

And, two of them are coming soon — one on Sunday and another one that will target the province next Wednesday.

They are looking at a maximum snowfall of around 50 centimetres with the two systems for next week.

Sunday’s storm is expected to dump anywhere from 15 to 30 centimetres on P. E. I. while the one next Wednesday looks like a 20- centimetre event.

Libby says neither one of the storms next week is expected to pack the same punch this one did over the past two days.

“That was definitely the worst of the ones coming up,’’ Libby said Thursday afternoon.

There is a system set for Friday/ Saturday that starts as snow but will likely turn to rain as temperatures climb above freezing.

As for Sunday, she said it really depends on the track the storm takes.

“The analysts from our modelling centre are confident it will go further to the south but the consequences of the track going further to the south means a heavy band of snow over southern New Brunswick, P. E. I. and northern Nova Scotia.’’

Winds for Sunday’s storm are expected to gust in the 50- to 60- kilometre an hour range.

“It’s the difference between having a snowfall and having a blizzard. ( Sunday) will be a significant snowfall.’’

Even less wind is in the forecast for Wednesday’s snow event, with snow beginning Wednesday morning, increasing in intensity by late afternoon, early evening and weakening by 8 or 9 a. m. Thursday.

“People will be delayed ( getting to work) Thursday morning.’’

The good news is that Libby says they are fairly certain that spring- like weather will arrive and stay by the second full week of April.

“The first week of April is going to be a little stormy,’’ she said.

Organizations: P. E., Environment Canada

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick

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Recent comments

  • Big Bud Brunsey
    March 28, 2014 - 14:58

    Cromwell thought he could stir the pot by commenting about lost school days since it was in the news recently about the state of Island education, but just because he doesn't care about the safety of the kids that does not not mean right thinking people are so glib about children's safety. I would say Cromwell was slapped down but good, but like any good troll he will be back soon.

  • another parent
    March 28, 2014 - 13:51

    I have huge concerns with the lost time in the classroom this winter. No one can debate that our children are not getting what their peers in other provinces are from our education system. In a winter like this one, we need a solution. I heard an intersting piece on CBC radio yesterday about elearning for storm days-check it out: This would provide an option for students to have some learning on days when weather does not allow for them to be in school.

    • don
      March 28, 2014 - 14:34

      great idea. they will at least help with keep up the school work. if not add a few days at the end of the school year.

  • a loving parent
    March 28, 2014 - 12:44

    Cromwell, I also wondered why they cancelled school today, until I started out for work on treacherously icy roads. Only the main roads were partially clear, side roads and sub-divisions were like a skating rink. It quickly became clear to me that I did not want my child out there walking on the side of the road today, at risk of having a car slide and run him over. He can always make up the missed work, but if he's struck or killed, there's no turning back. A little extra homework in the next couple of weeks won't kill him, but a sliding car definitely could do some serious harm.

  • wendy :)
    March 28, 2014 - 12:30

    Doesn't look too good..

  • parent
    March 28, 2014 - 12:21

    As a parent im glad there was no school today most back roads were still one lane not safe for buses with kids to be on the school board made the right choice our kids safety is more important.

  • parent
    March 28, 2014 - 12:05

    Cromwell im glad there was no school today as im sure alot of other parents are too most roads are still one lane not safe for buses with kids to be on

  • rob
    March 28, 2014 - 11:59

    Environment Canada website says mostly rain on Sunday, and sunny on Wednesday. Weather network also calls for very little snow. Hoping Mrs Libby is wrong!

  • cromwell
    March 28, 2014 - 10:28

    Unfortunately, this decision speaks volumes about the current commitment to education on PEI. At a time when education standards for Island children are amongst the lowest in Canada, the various school administrations decide that another 'Snow Day' is in order today. I have absolutely no issue with 'No School' on March 26 and 27, but today, neither weather nor traffic conditions pose any concerns, yet, a 'Snow day' is called.

    • Joe Smith
      March 28, 2014 - 12:09

      hey Cromwell, how was your walk into Tim's today? Obviously you weren't on the roads. No intersection in town is safe and a lot of roads out in the country are not open fully yet. I'll let my kids "suffer" one more day without school in order to ensure that they are safe at home but thanks for your concern.

    • Hank Snow
      March 28, 2014 - 12:48

      Speaks volumes of your knowledge about the condition of side roads in the three counties of our province. Traffic conditions may be fine but not so great for the poor kid that has to dodge your vehicle because they can't use the sidewalk. Give your head a shake attention seeker!

    • D.Martin
      March 28, 2014 - 12:49

      Actually road conditions aren't as good as you might think. Some roads have yet to be plowed and they have to go through with snow blowers before the plow can get through because the drifts are so bad in places. Also some roads only have a single lane at least they did this morning so good for the school board to close the schools so our children can stay safe while the snow is cleared up. The decision today speaks volumes to the systems dedication to the safety of our children. Remember just because it's nice where you are doesn't mean it's as nice everywhere.

  • joe edmonds
    March 28, 2014 - 10:21

    Not a good beach day!