Say good-bye to this cold arctic air for PEI..

Sunday, January 7th 6:40am… A low pressure system located over Labrador had plagued the island with the brisk-strong cold westerly winds over the past few days. This system will continue to weekend and move off to the east today allowing for those harsh winds to begin to abate. Clouds will begin to thicken up on Monday night as a arm front begins to approach front the west with some light snow developing by Monday morning. The warm frontal passage will also bring an end to this cold arctic air as temps should climb to near zero Monday night. A low pressure system will ripple eastward along this warm front passing through the Gulf north of the island on Tuesday. This will also allow for some light snow across the island. The associated cold front sweeps through as the low passes by ushering in a brief cool down for Wednesday but not nearly as cold as the past few days. High pressure crests over the Maritimes Wednesday evening. Clouds will thicken up again Wednesday night as another frontal system approaches from the west. Temperatures will also moderate considerably. In fact the temps will remain above normal as a frontal system stalls over the region. Another east coast storm develops on Saturday off the Carolina coast and tracks NE getting mixed up with the stalled frontal boundary making for a very complicated mess for Sunday with temps so close to the freezing mark. Details on this system in upcoming posts.

Precipitation. Can’t rule out a flurrie or two today and tonight. Light snow begins early tomorrow evening and continues through Tuesday with amounts in the 5-7 cms range. Dry on Wednesday. Then comes this complicated mess beginning on Thursday with some light snow. Rain on Friday, snow on Saturday then rain again on Sunday.

Temperatures..Say goodbye to this cold arctic air. Temps will begin to moderate this afternoon steadily rising through the overnight hours tonight and through tomorrow reaching the melting point late tomorrow evening. Temps will then be fairly stable near zero through Tuesday dropping later in the day as the cold front pushes through. Colder on Wednesday then another warm-up on Thursday. Very mild on Friday with temps near 10. One day coll down on Saturday then another warm-up on Sunday with that east coast system passing through.

Wind.. Brisk WNW winds today and tonight becoming more SW tomorrow dropping off to light tomorrow afternoon. Winds then shift to the SE tomorrow evening then back to the west Tuesday. Brisk NW on Wednesday becoming southerly for Thursday and Friday.

Hazards.. Cold temps and low wind chills now and most of today but moderating late this afternoon as temps begin to climb.

Watches/warnings.. None for PEI at this time.

Forecast..

Today.. Sun and cloud, chance of a flurrie, brisk WNW winds, temps rising to -15 by suppertime.

Tonight.. Few clouds, chance of a flurrie, brisk West winds, temps rising to -11 by dawn.

Tomorrow. Sunny start, increasing clouds with snow towards suppertime, diminishing west winds becoming very light by late afternoon,  temps rising to 0 by midnight.

Tuesday.. Light snow, west winds, temps steady near 0 then falling after supper.

Wednesday. Sunny, diminishing west winds, highs -8

Thursday.. Light snow, 3 by late in the day

Friday.. Rain, 10

Saturday.. Snow, -5

Sunday.. Rain +6

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