Strong winds and up to 15 cm of snow are expected in P.E.I. Wednesday night and Thursday.
A weather statement for P.E.I. has issued a warning that substantial snowfall is expected in the region.
Snow is forecast to begin Wednesday night and end Thursday afternoon, according to Environment Canada.
“Flurries are expected to start this evening, followed by persistent snow overnight,” said CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland.
“Snowfall quantities of five to 15 centimetres are forecast across much of P.E.I., with the heavier end of the range expected over eastern areas, where local amounts may even reach 15 centimetres.”
Western Prince County is expected to receive less snow, he said.
‘Winter driving conditions’
“While this isn’t a significant snowstorm, it has been a long time since we’ve driven in winter conditions, and we may be rusty,” Scotland added.
“On Thursday, please take additional time to get where you need to go and reduce your speed as needed, especially in places with snow-covered roads or poor visibility.”
The most of rain will fall overnight, but Scotland expects strong winds to persist throughout Thursday morning.
“With the storm’s expected path to our south and east, the higher end of the five- to the 15-centimetre range is most likely to fall across eastern locations,” says the forecaster.
Scotland cautions that driving on Island roads on Thursday morning could be a nightmare.
“With strong northerly winds approaching Thursday morning, blowing and drifting snow may disrupt travel conditions over the Island,” he stated.
“On Thursday, winds of 40-70 km/h are possible, resulting in limited visibility even after the steadier snow gives way to lighter flurries in the afternoon.”