Another cold arctic outbreak expected for PEI this weekend..

Friday, January 5th 9:00am.. A major storm system developed off the east coast of Florida on Wednesday. This storm intensified at an historic rate as it moved NE pass east of Cape Cod yesterday evening then into the mouth of the Bay of Fundy late last night and now approaching the Gaspe Penn. The storm considerable snow all the way from the Florida Pan handle up the east coast through New England and into NB. Coastal storm surge flooding was also extensive through New England into the Maritimes. The bulk of the snow fell west of the storm track. Here on PEI we saw about 7 cms snow fall before changing over to rain. Colder air is now flooding back in behind the storm as it pulls away to the north. In fact, another cold arctic blast will grip the island for the weekend. High pressure currently over western Ontario will slide to the SE passing south of the Maritimes on Sunday night. A frontal system will bring some cloud and light snow to the area for Monday and Tuesday but temps are expected to be close to normal. High pressure briefly crosses the region on Wednesday with sunshine then another low pressure system will bring cloud and possibly rain to the island on Thursday. The long range outlook is hinting at another east coast storm on Saturday.

Precipitation.. Generally 5-10 cms snow fell across the island which is lower than expected as the bulk of the snow fell west of the storm track through NB. Any left over rain showers is now changing back to flurries as the colder air filters back in.  Chance of flurries tonight through tomorrow. Snow should begin again Monday afternoon and continue through Tuesday but amounts are expected to be light. Wednesday dry then rain possible on Thursday. Flurries on Friday then that possible east coast system bringing snow later Saturday.

Temperatures.. Temps rose yesterday evening an overnight as expected in fact I recorded 7.3c about 1:30am last night. Temps have since fallen and should and should continue to fall slowly through the remainder of today. The real cold arctic air begins to arrive this evening with temps falling to -12 by midnight then -19 by dawn tomorrow. Temps stay cold with highs only near -16 for both tomorrow and Sunday. Slow moderation in temps through the day on Monday rising to -1 by Tuesday. Another cold day for Wednesday then above normal temps expected for Thursday and Friday.

Wind.. Strong SW winds now will slowly diminish today but remain brisk tonight and tomorrow. Winds will drop off to light on Monday.

Hazards.. Strong winds, wet roads freezing as temps drop, . Flurries will blow around and stick to wet roads, higher than normal water levels for the next couple high tides.

Watches/warnings.. Wind warning remains in effect and a special weather summary in effect for high water levels.

Forecast..

Today.. Cloudy with flurries, strong SW winds, temps falling to -3 this afternoon.

Tonight.. Cloudy periods chance of a flurrie, brisk SW-W winds, lows -19 by dawn.

Tomorrow.. Sun and cloud, chance of a flurrie, brisk SW-W winds, highs -16

Sunday.. Sun and cloud, brisk west winds, highs -16

Monday.. cloudy with snow developing in the afternoon, light south winds, temps rising to -5 by late evening.

Tuesday.. Light snow, -1

Wednesday. Sunny, -10

Thursday.. Rain, +5

Friday.. Showers, +5

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