PEI

Snowfall behind us, but arctic blast on the way

P.E.I. ferries are tied up Tuesday morning and schools were delayed following snowfall on Monday, and the wintry weather isn't done with the Island yet.

The snow will keep coming

Another major snowfall has covered P.E.I., and there's more on the way. (DJ Welton/Twitter)

P.E.I. ferries are tied up Tuesday morning and schools were delayed following snowfall on Monday, and the wintry weather isn't done with the Island yet.

Ferries were tied up Tuesday morning, with the first four sailings of the day cancelled. The ferry will make the last round trip, leaving Wood Islands at 4:30 p.m. and returning from Caribou at 6:15 p.m.

Flurries on Tuesday are forecast to bring another two to four centimetres of snow. A mix of snow and rain on Wednesday is expected to deposit another two.

The plows were busy overnight. (Kevin Yarr/CBC)

CBC meteorologist Brennan Allen is warning about a serious arctic blast arriving Thursday. That could bring a quick hit of heavy snow Thursday night, and temperatures 10 degrees below normal. There is the potential for more snow on Friday as well.

"A strong northwest flow will develop behind the front, leading to the potential for extensive snow squalls," said Allen.

The cold weather will continue into Saturday, with highs of only around -6 C, and the current forecast is for more snow Sunday.

Less blowing snow than expected

Environment Canada recorded 14 centimetres of snow at the Charlottetown Airport Monday. The worst of the snow came in the mid-afternoon, and schools were closed early to get students home before that started.

Snowfall amounts collected by volunteers around the Maritimes showed between eight and 26 centimetres. (Jim Abraham/CBC)

The Island avoided the strong winds and blowing snow that had been predicted for the late evening. Peak winds were just over 30 km/h at 9 p.m.

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