Pounding surf part of pounding storm heading toward P.E.I.

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Snow to begin overnight, increase Wednesday morning, then maybe change to rain

A storm surge is forecast to hit Prince County as part of a storm coming towards P.E.I., warned Environment Canada this afternoon.

In an update issued at 4 p.m. the federal forecaster said that high winds, a high tide and storm pressures in the atmosphere may combine to pound the western parts of P.E.I. late Wednesday afternoon.

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"High waves combined with the surge may cause damage along the coast," said the Environment Canada warning.  "Coastal flooding is possible along the shoreline."

While that applies only to Prince county at this point, the entire Island is under a winter storm warning.

The forecast is that snow will begin late tonight, then intensify through Wednesday morning.

The snow could become mixed with or change to rain Wednesday afternoon.

Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 20 centimetres are currently forecast with highest amounts expected over (western) areas of the Island. Easterly winds gusting to 90 km/h combined with the heavy snow will result in blowing snow giving near zero visibilities in whiteout conditions, said the weather statement.

"Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve," warns Environment Canada.

"Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations," it said. "Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions."

Winds will shift and lower a tiny bit Wednesday afternoon, to the southwest, with gusts diminishing to 70 km/h.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: P.E.I., Prince

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  • Aesop
    January 12, 2016 - 16:52

    Seems a tendency amongst most media nowadays to over sensationalize incoming weather. Hurricane Patricia a few months ago was a perfect example. It's winter. We expect some winds and snow now and then. No need to get the pacemaker "pounding".

    • Jimmy Buffet
      January 13, 2016 - 09:43

      The cold water has some power to it when it hits something , with no ice to protect the shoreline this could cause some serious damage . In the summer with the heat it is not usually a problem . The marine weather was calling for East and South East winds , good bye cottage or causeway type weather here .