It may be officially spring, but Islanders can be excused if they harbour some doubt if that is true because a nor’easter packing winds gusting to 80 km/h with 15-25 centimetres of snow is predicted to begin this morning.
Environment Canada has broadened its snowfall warning to Queens County and has upgraded it to a winter storm warning for Prince County. There are no warnings for Kings County.
“The low has drifted a little farther south…so for Prince County we upgraded the snowfall warning to a winter storm warning to include the heavy snow and strong winds that are expected…and for the Queens County area we are expecting a snowfall of about 15 centimetres, but there is still a little bit of room for change in the next couple of model runs, “ said Steve Fougere, a meteorologist with Environment Canada in Dartmouth, N.S.
He said Sunday that warnings may have to be upgraded to winter storm warnings for Queens County, but right now, “it looks like about 15 centimeteres of snow for the Charlottetown area with some local blowing snow.”
He said Prince County can expect up to 25 centimetres while Kings County will see 10 centimetres of snow and then a change to ice pellets to freezing rain and then “it will briefly come back to flurries and stay that way until Monday evening.”
The snow will begin in the three counties this morning and should end just after midnight, Fougere said. He said Islanders will see a clearing trend on Tuesday.
The strongest winds will be from the northeast 60 km/h gusting to 80 km/h Monday evening and then move to northwest 60 km/h to 80 km/h overnight and then easing just before dawn Tuesday morning.
He said it is not a large storm, but it will “deepen quite rapidly” just south of Nova Scotia around noon today and overnight before it moves quickly away toward Newfoundland/Labrador.
Meanwhile, The site-specific weather forecast by Scotia Weather Services indicates wind conditions Monday may result in traffic restrictions on the Confederation Bridge.
Beginning at 9 p.m., winds are projected in the 70-80 km/h range gusting to 100 km/h and conditions will remain until approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday.