Chilly holiday weekend in forecast for P.E.I., but no major snow

Dave Stewart
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Nathan Cheverie, left, and Ricky Blanchard clear the snow from their car as they stopped on to Tim Horton's just after hearing news that their work was cancelled for the day due to the weather.

Islanders can expect a rather chilly holiday weekend but the good news is that there doesn’t seem to be any significant snow in the long-range forecast.

Linda Libby, meteorologist with Environment Canada, said Tuesday temperatures will dip below normal on Friday, warm up a bit for Saturday and drop back down Sunday and on Islander Day.

The high Friday is -11 degrees Celsius while temperatures aren’t expected to get any warmer than -12 on Sunday and -9 on Monday. The normal for this time of year is around -4 degrees.

It might feel a bit cooler on Saturday night into Sunday morning when winds gust up to 70 km/h.

However, the only significant weather Libby could see on her charts was snow turning to rain, a lot of rain, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Islanders are digging out following the latest snowstorm, which was bad enough to keep all of the students home for the day on Tuesday but could have been worse.

The Charlottetown Airport reports 11 centimetres fell while Summerside was reporting a total of 14 centimetres. Halifax was the hardest hit area of the Maritimes, with the airport in Halifax reporting 43 centimetres. Most areas in Nova Scotia got between 15 and 30 centimetres.

It was still enough snow in P.E.I. to cause headaches for those who had to travel, as winds gusting to 80 km/h reduced visibility Monday night into Tuesday morning to just 400 metres in places.

It was enough wind to result in significant drifts despite the fact less than 15 centimetres fell across the province.

“There was significant deviation in terms of how the snow piled up around the Island,’’ Libby said.

So far in February, 46.4 centimetres of snow has been measured at the Charlottetown Airport to the end of the day on Monday. By comparison, 109.8 centimetres had fallen at the airport between Feb. 1-8 last year.

P.E.I. got almost an entire winter’s worth of snow in February 2015 – a total of 222.8 centimetres fell at the Charlottetown Airport.

Not too many want to touch that number this year and, based on what Libby said Tuesday, it doesn’t appear likely.

But, it is winter after all and anything is possible.

Organizations: Charlottetown Airport, Environment Canada

Geographic location: Halifax, P.E.I., Nova Scotia Iceland

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