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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Winter storm alert in impact as P.E.I. props for 2nd significant snowfall

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Key takeaways: 

  • Between 30 and 40 cm of snow and winds going 90 km/h are predicted.
  • The storm is predicted to begin Friday afternoon as periods of snow combined with rain starting to fall. 

2nd winter storms hit PEI: 

Winter storm alerts are now in impact across P.E.I. as the region prepares for the second significant snowfall of the season.

Environment Canada published the alerts across all three counties early Friday morning, predicting 30-40 centimetres of snow to fall with winds going 90 km/h.

The storm is predicted to begin Friday afternoon as periods of snow combined with rain starting to fall “heavy at times, mixed with ice pellets, by this evening,” a warning from Environment Canada said.  Source – cbc.ca

Near-zero visibility is predicted on P.E.I. roads as high northerly winds blow through the region, which could induce power outages in some places. 

Also read: P.E.I. Potato Board states Ottawa should ease rules on domestic potato business

The alerts for the 2nd significant storm issues

Maritime Electric stated teams are on standby and they’ve also come out to other departments to have a backup team in case of COVID-19.

“It’s been a distinct planning of a storm for sure,” stated spokesperson Kim Griffin. “We’re doing team calls and conference calls across the organization just to make sure that everyone is prepared.” Source – cbc.ca

Griffin stated some workers have tested positive for COVID-19, but they weren’t in the workplace and it didn’t spread. But that demonstrates, she stated, that the power utility has to have backup strategies for the backup strategies.

“From a readiness standpoint and for storm readiness as well we must make sure that that’s a consideration for our planning and we’re making sure that we have levels of redundancy of individuals and plans just in case,” she stated. Source – cbc.ca

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