UPDATE: Blowing snow advisory issued for Prince Edward Island

Traffic restrictions on Confederation Bridge could begin Monday evening

Published on February 7, 2016

Environment Canada has issued a blowing snow advisory for all of Prince Edward Island, but has dropped its special weather statement advising that up to 15 centimetres of snow could be possible.

The advisory, issued Sunday afternoon, says that a low pressure system will intensify as it tracks up the U.S. eastern seaboard Sunday night and as it passes south of Nova Scotia Monday night, snow combined with high winds will result in reduced visibilities. Conditions should improve early Tuesday.

Environment Canada said that travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility that may be “significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero.”

Meanwhile, the site-specific weather forecast received from Scotia Weather Services, indicates wind conditions Monday that may result in traffic restrictions on the Confederation Bridge.

Beginning at 6 p.m., winds are projected to be 60-75 km/h with gusts to 95 km/h. Forecast indicates those conditions will remain until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Blowing snow advisories are issued when winds are expected to create blowing snow giving poor visibility to 800 metres or less for at least 3 hours.

Environment Canada meteorologist Jean-Marc Couturier, said Nova Scotia will be the most affected province. A blizzard warning has been issued for many areas there.

In its weather forecast for P.E.I., Environment Canada is calling for periods of snow to begin late this afternoon with winds northeast 40 km/h gusting to 70 km/h. The snow, giving 10 centimetres, will continue overnight with winds northeast 40 km/h gusting to 70 km/h.

Tuesday will have flurries.

Environment Canada urges Islanders to continue monitoring alerts and forecasts.