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Up to 25 centimetres of snow forecast for parts of P.E.I.

A pedestrian walks in the snow in downtown Charlottetown on Nov. 16, 2018.
A pedestrian walks in the snow in downtown Charlottetown on Nov. 16, 2018. - Mitsuki Mori

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Islanders in western P.E.I. will likely face the worst of a snowstorm set to hit P.E.I. Tuesday.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning in Prince County, which is expected to receive up to 25 cm from this afternoon into early Wednesday.

Both Queens and Kings remain under a special weather statement in advance of the low pressure system that was expected to develop over the northeastern United States overnight Monday before approaching the region.

Environment Canada meteorologist Linda Libby said the system was not clear-cut, with different weather models having “their own little take” on what could occur.

“But we are in agreement Prince (County) is the area most likely to get the (highest) snow amounts,” said Libby.

Snow is expected to being early Tuesday afternoon before tapering to flurries by Wednesday morning.

While some local areas could receive 25 cm or more, Libby said most areas of Prince County would likely see 12 to 20 cm.

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Environment Canada also advised Islanders to be prepared to adjust their driving as roads could become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.

Areas in the western portion of Queens County will likely see about 12 cm or less, with accumulation diminishing east.

Libby said Kings County could see less than five centimetres of snowfall, but will receive more rain.

Libby said winds should not be a major concern with the weather system.

“If the snow is as wet as we’re expecting, it shouldn’t do much,” said Libby, noting that there could be a chance of blowing snow in some areas on Thursday if temperatures drop and flurries occur. “It is going to be dry enough that it will whip it around a bit.”

Environment Canada advised Islanders to continue monitoring alerts and forecasts. 

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