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CANWARN Activation - Major Winter Storm January 4 - 5, 2018.
4:54 AM AST Thursday 04 January 2018
Winter storm warning in effect for:
Prince Edward Island -
Hazardous winter conditions are expected.
A low pressure system east of Cape Hatteras will intensify rapidly into a major winter storm today as it approaches the Maritimes from the southwest. The intense storm will track near the Bay of Fundy tonight and into the Gulf of St Lawrence Friday morning.
Snow at times heavy will develop over Prince Edward Island near noon today. Extensive blowing snow will give very poor visibility during the afternoon. Snowfall amounts of up to 25 centimetres are possible before the snow changes to rain this evening.
Easterly winds gusting to 90 km/h are forecast later this afternoon and evening with gusts to 110 km/h possible over parts of the coast. A period of strong southwesterly winds are possible Friday morning as the low moves north of the Island.
Higher than normal water levels are expected with high tide over coastal regions tonight and Friday morning. Storm surge warnings may be required.
Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/
Winter storm warnings are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to email@example.com or tweet reports using #PEStorm.