Quiet weather pattern across PEI next few days..

Sunday, January 14th 6:45am.. A frontal system oriented NE-SW is currently located along the coast of NS and will continue to slowly move east today. This is the same system that crossed the island yesterday which brought the end to the warm tropical air. A large area of high pressure located over the Great Lakes will drift northeastward today cresting over the island tomorrow morning. A low pressure system tracking by east of NS Tuesday morning may give a glancing blow with some snow for eastern PEI  but the bulk of any snow will stay over eastern NS and Atlantic ocean. High pressure crests over the island again Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Things then start to get interesting as a low pressure system develops along the US mid Atlantic coast near Long Island. This system will intensify as it tracks NE moving into the Bay of Fundy Wednesday evening then across PEI and into the southern Gulf near dawn Thursday morning. This system will bring a wintery mix of rain and snow to the Maritimes with rain falling to the east of the storm track across NS while  mainly snow for west of the track through NB. This leaves PEI to get a mix of both as the storm is expected to track across. This system pulls away Thursday afternoon allowing high pressure to build in for Friday and Saturday.

Precipitation..  Can’t rule out a flurrie today and tonight. Dry for Monday. Light snow possible on Tuesday as that system passes by east of NS. Eastern Kings county has the best chance to see some accumulations although amounts will be very light (1-2 cms). The fun stuff starts Wednesday afternoon wit the arrival of the snow which may change over to rain across eastern PEI then back to snow before ending near dawn on Thursday morning. Central and western PEI may stay all snow. Still early for any amounts but could be in the 15 cms range. Dry for Friday and the weekend.

Temperatures… That was quite a warm spell with temperature records set for Friday and Saturday at Charlottetown. Temps have return to normal and should stay fairly normal for the period although a brief warm-up possible with the developing system on Wednesday night.

Wind. Basically a light NW-NE wind expected today through Tuesday. SE winds on Wednesday followed by westerlies for Thursday and Friday.

Hazards... Freezing drizzle overnight has made surfaces icy for driving and walking especially the rural roads, otherwise quiet weather.

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

Forecast..

Today.. Cloudy with chance of a few flurries, light NW wind, highs -7

Tonight.. Cloudy with chance of  a flurrie, light North winds, lows -9

Tomorrow. Chance of flurries early then again late in the day, light NE winds, highs -5

Tuesday.. Light snow down east, cloudy up west, light north winds, highs -2

Wednesday.. Snow developing, increasing SE winds, highs -1

Thursday.. Flurries early then clearing, west winds, falling temps -6 by late afternoon.

Friday. Sunny, west winds, highs -2

Saturday.. Sunny, west winds, highs 0

 

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