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Winter storm watch issued for all of P.E.I. Friday night

The shadow of Province House is just visible in the blowing snow early Monday afternoon in Charlottetown. There were still some cars out on the streets, although police and RCMP have issued advisories not to drive.
Snow and blowing snow is predicted to develop across P.E.I. Friday night and into Saturday. -Guardian file photo

A winter storm watch has been issued across Prince Edward Island for Friday and Saturday. 

In excess of 15 centimetres of snow and strong winds are likely to begin Friday night and into Saturday, says Environment Canada.

A low-pressure system will approach from the south on Friday and move into the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Saturday.

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Snow, at times heavy, is forecast to develop over P.E.I. late Friday afternoon and persist into the night and on Saturday. Strong winds are also expected to develop, which may combine with fresh snowfall to produce near-zero visibility in blowing snow Friday evening into Saturday.

Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.

Environment Canada advises to avoid travelling if possible.

Winter storm watches are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #PEStorm.

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