Saturday January 21st 8:00am.. Weak high pressure located over the region this morning is not doing much for the cloud and flurries. The airmass is fairly moist in the low levels and is responsible for this activity. A weak cold front will cross the region tonight giving more cloud and a few flurries. High pressure will then approach from the west later tomorrow and pass north of the region on Monday. We should get some sunshine from this feature. All interests then shift their focus to the mid Atlantic coast as a low pressure system develops off the New Jersey coast very early Monday morning. The system is then expected to intensify and turn NE tracking into the Bay of Fundy early Wednesday morning then across PEI just before noon then into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in the early afternoon. This system will bring a wintery mic of rain/freezing rain/ice pellets and snow to the Maritimes. The snow confined to northern NB/Gaspe Bay region. Ice pellets and freezing rain to NB and western PEI, Rain to NS and central/eastern PEI. Wind will also play a role with strong winds peaking Tuesday night then dropping off as the “EYE” crosses Wednesday morning then picking up again Wednesday afternoon. It will remain a bit unsettled for Thursday and Friday with cloud and chance of flurries.
Precipitation.. Basically light flurrie activity today then again tonight. Tomorrow should be dry. Freezing rain begins near noon on Tuesday and changes to rain during the afternoon. The big question mark is the duration of the freezing rain. Up west appears to have the best chance at an extended period diminishing as we move toward the eastern end of the island. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement regarding this and can be found on their website later Tuesday into Wednesday with as much as 30 mms possible.
Temperatures.. Bit of a mild spell with temps expected to be at or slightly above normal today through Monday. Warm-up Tuesday night and staying above normal into Saturday.
Wind.. Light SW winds this morning veering to Westerly this afternoon then NW-N tonight behind the cold front. Very light northerlies tomorrow and Monday. Easterlies develop very early Tuesday morning increasing to brisk-strong through the day peaking Tuesday evening with gusts to 80 KMH. Winds drop off after midnight as the center of the low crosses the island Wednesday morning. Winds then shift to the west increasing brisk-strong during the afternoon. Diminishing westerlies on Thursday.
Hazards.. Light snow today and tonight. Freezing rain especially for western PEI Tuesday afternoon. Significant rainfall for everyone Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Wind may also cause travel restrictions on the bridge beginning Tuesday afternoon.
Watches/warnings.. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement regarding the potential for freezing rain on Tuesday which can be found on their weather website.
Today.. Cloudy with flurries, light west winds, highs -1
Tonight.. Cloudy with a few flurries, light NW winds, lows -4
Tomorrow. Cloudy with sunny breaks , light north winds, highs 0
Monday..Mix of sun and cloud, very light north winds, highs -2
Tuesday.. Freezing rain beginning near noon changing to rain, brisk-strong East winds, highs +7 by late evening.
Wednesday.. Rain ending, brisk winds, +5