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UPDATE: Road conditions deteriorating in P.E.I.'s Prince County, say RCMP

Special weather statements, storm watches, warnings and wind warnings still in effect across the Island

The RCMP in Prince County say road conditions are rapidly deteriorating in the area. 

Police said Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. that there is heavy drifting and whiteouts in most areas of the county, and urged caution for anyone travelling in these conditions.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Queens and Prince counties for Tuesday evening.

An intense low-pressure system will approach the Maritimes from the southwest tonight. The low centre is expected to track across eastern Nova Scotia by Wednesday morning, then linger over the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Wednesday.

Strong easterly winds may cause ice rafting due to high easterly winds and ice pressure, along east to northeast facing coastlines of Prince Edwasd Island for Wednesday afternoon near high tide.


As of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a winter storm watch is still in effect for Kings and Queens counties and a winter storm warning is in effect for Prince County. 

Prince County

Heavy snowfall and high winds with blowing snow expected tonight and Wednesday with the low-pressure system.

Snow at times heavy is expected to begin this evening and persist overnight and much of Wednesday. Snow may mix with or change to rain Wednesday morning before changing back to snow later Wednesday. Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 20 centimetres are expected.

Very strong east to northeasterly winds will develop Tuesday evening and persist. Gusts from 70 to 90 km/h are expected with even higher gusts possible along parts of the coast and over exposed areas. These winds could give extensive blowing snow and could lead to power outages.

Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.

Kings and Queens counties

Winter storm conditions are possible tonight with heavy wet snow, high winds, and possible blowing snow. Snow will likely mix with or change to rain Wednesday morning.

Snow at times heavy is expected to begin Tuesday evening and continue into Wednesday. At this time, there remains some uncertainty with precipitation typing and amounts over the eastern half of the Island as temperatures will be hovering just above the freezing mark.

Winter storm watches are being maintained as there is still a possibility that some areas could receive 15 cm. Additionally, very strong east to northeasterly winds combined with the falling heavy wet snow could make travel hazardous and lead to power outages. Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations.

A wind warning is also in place for these two regions. Strong winds that may cause damage are expected, with very strong east to northeasterly winds gusting to 90 km/h expected tonight and Wednesday. General gusts to 70 to 90 km/h are likely, with the highest gusts along parts of the coast and over exposed areas.

Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.

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