Potential paralyzing storm to bring up to 50 cm snow, 100 km/h gusts to P.E.I.
Saturday, February 14, 2015, 6:28 PM - Prince Edward Island is under a myriad of warnings as a low-pressure system tracks toward the region from the U.S. east coast.
"With an ideal setup of an amplifying ridge in the jet stream over the Rockies, an arctic high will be propelled further south into the east, helping to rapidly intensity the system into what looks to be the strongest in this series of storms for Atlantic Canada," explains Weather Network meteorologist Erin Wenckstern.
Snow is expected to start Sunday morning and taper to flurries on Monday. A period of rain is possible overnight Sunday for eastern regions.
Yet another East Coast #slammer! Across P.E.I. Sunday into Monday to feel full fury! Rare full closure of Confed Bridge not inconceivable.— Chris Murphy TWN (@MurphTWN) February 13, 2015
"Winds will gust anywhere between 80 to 100 km/h causing widespread whiteouts and possible ice pile-ups along the coast," adds Dr. Doug Gillham, another meteorologist at The Weather Network.
Travel on Sunday and Sunday night is strongly discouraged and may indeed prove impossible.
A long storm for the long weekend on PEI. Get to where you need to be Saturday. Sunday and Islander Day look awful #atlstorm— Chris Scott (@ChrisScottWx) February 13, 2015
Preliminary Snowfall Forecast
- Generally 30-40 cm across the island
- Sunday: gusts 80-100 km/h, locally 120 km/h
- Monday: 80-100+ km/h
Blizzard/Monster storm is a 100% guarantee for the Maritimes Sunday. Who gets hit hardest still TBD. S/E shore NS biggest question #atlstorm— Chris Scott (@ChrisScottWx) February 13, 2015
Residents are advised to prepare for possible power outages and to monitor future forecasts for the latest warnings.
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