Mother Nature did not fool Environment Canada

Storm is expected to drop more than 20 centimetres of snow tonight

Brian McInnis
Published on February 5, 2016

The snow eased off Friday afernoon and that may have lured some people into thinking the storm had been called off, but Environment Canada was not fooled and is continuing its winter storm warning.

In a statement issued late Friday afternoon, it said that Islanders should expect hazardous winter conditions and 25 centimetres more of snow. The wind is also expected to increase.

Environment Canada said it should begin to clear overnight and by mid-morning Saturday it should be all over. But there will be blowing snow in some parts of the province Saturday.

Meanwhile, the site-specific weather forecast prepared for Strait Crossing, indicates wind conditions this evening may result in traffic restrictions on the Confederation Bridge.

“Commencing approximately 7 p.m., winds are projected in the 70-80 km/h range gusting to 100 km/h. Forecasts indicates conditions will remain the same until approximately 7 a.m. Saturday.”“A low pressure system will track south of the Maritimes tonight.

“Snow associated with this system will taper off toward morning, but blowing snow should persist Saturday morning. Total snowfall amounts of 25 to 35 centimetres are expected across the Island by Saturday morning,” Environment Canada said in its statement.

It said that rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations and visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

The storm prompted Holland College and UPEI to cancel classes and provincial government offices in Kings County were closed and offices in Charlottetown closed early.

The weather also prompted some businesses to close early and there were also other cancellations.