Late storm leaves overnight snow­fall

Pre­cip­i­ta­tion lev­els var­ied across the Is­land made up of snow, freez­ing rain and ice pel­lets

Journal Pioneer - - ISLAND NEWS - BY MIL­LI­CENT MCKAY mil­li­cent.mckay@jour­nal­pi­oneer.com

It wasn’t the storm as pre­dicted, but Tues­day’s win­ter blast still brought bands of snow and ice to P.E.I.

“We saw the in­flu­ence of a sec­ond cen­tre of the storm, which con­trib­uted dif­fer­ent pre­cip­i­ta­tion lev­els and the time range of the storm,” said En­vi­ron­ment Canada me­te­o­rol­o­gist Linda Libby.

The two cen­tres caused snow to de­velop over New Brunswick and led to a later start to the sys­tem hit­ting the Is­land, specif­i­cally Prince County. Orig­i­nally the storm was pre­dicted to hit very-early Tues­day morn­ing. The pre­vi­ous track was more east­ern on the South Shore of Nova Sco­tia.

The change of the ori­en­ta­tion and track of the storm also led to vary­ing pre­cip­i­ta­tion lev­els across the Is­land, in­clud­ing West Prince. “Orig­i­nally we had thought the ma­jor­ity of pre­cip­i­ta­tion would hit Kings County, but in­stead of hav­ing one mov­ing mass of pre­cip­i­ta­tion, we had bands of snow com­ing which means there could be the same high lev­els of pre­cip­i­ta­tions in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the Is­land.” By mid-af­ter­noon, there were re­ports of freez­ing rain and ice pel­lets in Char­lot­te­town and Summerside, as well as the Mag­dalen Is­lands.

Wind gusts were around 90km/hour, just be­low wind­warn­ing lev­els with snow not be­gin­ning un­til the late af­ter­noon and con­tin­u­ing through­out the night.

Libby pre­dicted the sys­tem would change its course around mid­night, sig­nalling the sys­tem mov­ing away from the Is­land, with snow stop­ping around the time most peo­ple were get­ting up in the morn­ing, 5 to 7 a.m. Now Libby is keep­ing an eye on a pos­si­ble weak dis­tur­bance that may hit the Is­land Thurs­day go­ing into Friday, with lev­els of snow and rain.

“We’re not see­ing any big sys­tems for the re­main­der of the week. But I am keep­ing an eye on next week. We’ll still have those drift­ing and blow­ing snow con­di­tions.”

The rest of the week will con­tain mainly chilly days, which may cause the Is­land to re­tain the snow that gath­ers. “That could make any up­com­ing sys­tems or dis­tur­bances worse if there are high winds and blus­tery con­di­tions.” To­day’s high could break -10 de­grees, pos­si­bly reach­ing around -9.

“It’s re­ally a see-saw of dif­fer­ent weather tem­per­a­tures and con­di­tions.”

MIL­LI­CENT MCKAY/JOUR­NAL PIONEER

Traf­fic was scarce as win­ter storm con­di­tions hit the Is­land late Tues­day af­ter­noon. The pre­dicted storm didn’t be­gin un­til later in the day due to two cen­tres of the low-pres­sure sys­tem, which changed ori­en­ta­tion, track and pre­cip­i­ta­tion lev­els.

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