High winds and heavy, wet snow to hit P.E.I. overnight

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Prince County, and wind warnings are in effect for the rest of P.E.I.

Snowfall amounts of 15 to 20 centimetres is expected in Prince County

The snow could switch over to rain through Wednesday morning before changing back to snow later tomorrow. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press)

Environment Canada's winter storm warning for Prince County, and wind warnings for Queens and Kings, remain in effect as a low-pressure system lingers into the Gulf on Wednesday.

The national weather service says heavy snow of 15 to 20 centimetres, and 70 to 90 km/h winds, will hit Prince County Tuesday evening and could knock out power for some.

"The heaviest snowfall will likely occur up west," said CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland.

"For central and eastern P.E.I. snowfall amounts look to be lower as wet snow will be mixing with rain at times on Wednesday."

The rest of the province will see those strong winds as well, Environment Canada said, which could damage buildings, such as roof shingles and windows, as well as toss loose objects and break tree branches.

"This does not look to be so much a snow event as it is going to be the strong winds," Scotland said.

"It's going to feel like 20 centimetres on the end of your shovel. … This is that heavy, wet snow that doesn't stack up as high."

The snow could switch over to rain through Wednesday morning before changing back to snow later tomorrow.

Winds gusting beyond 90 km/h

With winds gusting to, or beyond, 90 km/h even a little bit of snow could be an issue, Scotland said.

It's going to feel like 20 centimetres on the end of your shovel.— Jay Scotland

"This heavy snow will weigh down branches and power lines and could lead to power outages in the high winds," he said.

Environment Canada said prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions and to "take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas."

Confederation Bridge is warning there could be restrictions due to the wind from Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday afternoon.

Air Canada has a travel advisory in place, and will not charge travellers who want to change their flight times to get out ahead of the storm.

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