Environment Canada issues a special weather statement

Published on March 18, 2016

A messy mix of snow, rain and wind is heading for P.E.I. early next week.

Environment Canada is keeping an eye on a winter storm that is expected to impact the province for up to three days, Monday to Wednesday.

The national weather service has issued a special weather statement for all three counties in P.E.I. A low-pressure system is expected to develop near Cape Hatteras on Sunday and track northeastward to the Maritimes Sunday night into Monday.

The system is expected to bring heavy, wet snow for the entire province, at least to start.

The western end of the Island is likely looking at 12 to 18 centimetres of snow, with the potential for 20 centimetres.

Eastern areas are looking at 5 to 15 centimetres of snow.

Based on the track of the storm, it appears snow will change over to rain, with potential for a couple of millimetres of ice pellets and less than five millimetres of rain.

Wind speeds will also be a major factor.

Linda Libby, meteorologist with Environment Canada, said winds are expected to be blowing from the east and southeast.

Gusts will be between 55 and 80 km/h by Monday afternoon. Libby said the potential is there for stronger gusts.

Winds aren’t expected to diminish until Wednesday morning.

Libby said they’re also keeping an eye on the potential for a storm surge on some coastal locations.

It’s a sizeable storm, reaching all the way up into Quebec where it could result in blizzard conditions.