Most of P.E.I. will change over to snow by late afternoon

Dave Stewart dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on December 15, 2015

Weather

Most of Prince Edward Island should see a changeover to snow between 4 and 5 p.m. today, according to Environment Canada.

Meteorologist Linda Libby said people will see those bigger flakes of snow that can cause visibility issues for motorists.

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Queens and Kings counties can expect to see in the range of 10 to 15 centimetres by the time things taper off Wednesday morning, although Libby said the Montague area could see two to three hours of sustained rain before changing over to the snow around mid evening tonight.

It’s still supposed to be a mainly snow event for Prince County although that snow was mixed with ice pellets late this morning.

Prince County is still expected to see 10 to 15 centimetres through the day today (maybe more over western sections) with the potential for 10-plus centimetres overnight into Wednesday morning.

Winds are expected to gust between 40 and 60 km/h out of the northeast this afternoon for the central and eastern portions of the province. Prince County could see gusts up to 70 km/h.

With temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, Libby said that snow will be the wet, heavy and sticky sort.

That isn’t good news for Maritime Electric, although there were no issues being reported as of 11:30 a.m.

The forecast lead to cancellations with both public school boards announcing classes were cancelled for the day.

Classes have also been cancelled at UPEI and Holland College. In terms of the university, the delay means exams scheduled for 9 a.m. today will have to be rescheduled for a later date.

All ferry sailings between Wood Islands and Caribou have been cancelled until further notice.

All provincial civil service offices across P.E.I. are also closed for the day, including the City of Charlottetown’s administration offices. The City of Summerside has closed all non-essential services, except Credit Union Place.