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Winter storm expected to hit P.E.I. later this week

A City of Charlottetown snow blower makes a track on Edward Street adjacent to the Joe Ghiz Memorial Park in this Guardian file photo. A storm is predicted to hit the province on Christmas day. BRIAN MCINNIS/THE GUARDIAN
A City of Charlottetown snow blower makes a track on Edward Street adjacent to the Joe Ghiz Memorial Park in this Guardian file photo. A storm is predicted to hit the province later this week. BRIAN MCINNIS/THE GUARDIAN

It appears Islanders won’t have to wait long for the first winter storm of 2018 to arrive.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement on New Year’s Eve saying significant snowfall and high winds are expected in the province later this week, likely around Thursday and Friday.

The statement said it was still too early to give a specific prediction of precipitation amounts.

The weather agency said it is still monitoring the potential development of the significant weather system, which is expected to approach the Maritimes later this week.

Environment Canada said there is a concern for coastal impacts, especially with large waves and elevated water levels.

Islanders are advised to continue monitoring alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. Islanders can report severe weather by sending an email to ec.weatheraspc.ec@canada.ca or by tweeting reports using the hashtag #PEStorm.

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