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Major storm could hit P.E.I. Jan. 20

Billy Mitchell, the manager of the building on 187 Queen St. in Charlottetown, clears up the snow from another storm on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.
Billy Mitchell, the manager of the building on 187 Queen St. in Charlottetown, clears up the snow from another storm on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. - File

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for all P.E.I. for Sunday night, but whether the province will see rain or snow remains unclear at this time.

The weather agency said Wednesday that a low-pressure system will approach the region from the southwest Sunday and track across the Maritimes as a large winter storm Sunday night.

While it is difficult to give details this far in advance, Environment Canada said all indications show a major snowfall event for areas north of the track of the low, a major rainfall event south of the track of the low and significant amounts of snow, rain and potential for an extended freezing rain event near the track of the low.

The precipitation will be accompanied by strong east to northeast winds ahead of the low's track, shifting to strong southerly winds south of its track.

Snowfall amounts of 30 cm or higher are possible north of the low's track. Rainfall amounts south of the track in excess of 50 mm are possible.

Potential tracks of this system currently range from central New Brunswick to the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia.

“Because the track of the low will be critical in determining how much snow, rain or freezing rain any location will get, even a slight shift in its track will have major effects on the type and amount of precipitation received,” Enviornment Canada said, adding details should become more clear over the next couple of days as the system gradually develops over the southern United States.

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