Win­ter weather re­turns to P.E.I.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - NEWS - BY DAVE STE­WART THE GUARDIAN

A blast of win­ter weather ap­pears to be headed for P.E.I. later to­day.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada has is­sued three sep­a­rate warn­ings for the prov­ince with the worst of the weather tar­get­ing east­ern ar­eas.

A snow­fall warn­ing has been is­sued for Queens County.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Linda Libby said the cen­tral re­gion can ex­pect be­tween 15 and 20 cen­time­tres with mod­er­ate to strong winds out of the north­east.

Kings County is un­der a win­ter storm warn­ing. Folks can ex­pect be­tween 25 and 40 cen­time­tres of snow with winds gust­ing, at times, to 70 km/h.

Libby said the dif­fer­ence be­tween a win­ter storm warn­ing and snow­fall warn­ing is wind, with the stronger gusts ex­pected in Kings County.

Prince County is un­der a spe­cial weather state­ment and should see fewer than 10 cen­time­tres, al­though de­pend­ing on the track the storm takes the amount could pos­si­bly ex­ceed 15 cen­time­tres.

The snow is ex­pected to start some­time Fri­day af­ter­noon and last into the overnight hours to Satur­day. Where winds are a fac­tor, the worst of it will be dur­ing the overnight hours.

Some weather fore­cast­ers pre­dicted a win­ter storm for At­lantic Canada ear­lier this week, but backed off over the last few days. Some said it would amount to no more than some flur­ries.

Libby said that’s be­cause none of the three mod­els used by me­te­o­rol­o­gists agreed. It all came down to which track the storm took com­ing up the East Coast.

“We’re look­ing at some lo­cal blow­ing snow as the snow starts to fall, and that’s look­ing at late af­ter­noon into the evening,’’ Libby said.

Tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to hover around the zero mark, mean­ing the snow will tend to be stick­ier and might not drift as much as it would if tem­per­a­tures were a few de­grees colder.

HEATHER TAWEEL/THE GUARDIAN

In this Guardian photo taken on Jan. 13, Peter Rukav­ina uses a snow rake to re­move the snow from the roof of his house in Char­lot­te­town. Three sep­a­rate weather ad­vi­sories have been is­sued to­day for P.E.I.

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