Noreaster expected to bring snow, rain and strong winds to PEI beginning this evening.

Tuesday, March 13th 7:00am.. A low pressure system developed off the coast of South Carolina yesterday morning. This system is intensifying and moving NE towards the Maritimes. The noreaster is located just South of Cape Cod and will continue to move NE making landfall along the eastern shore of NS mid morning tomorrow. The storm will then continue northward crossing eastern PEI early afternoon then into the northern Gulf  Wednesday night/Thursday morning. This storm will bring snow/rain/wind to the island beginning later this afternoon. The snow  should change over to rain across central and eastern PEI while up west will remain colder hence looking at mostly all snow there. Wind will also be a concern gusting to 90 kmh for a good 24 hours from midnight tonight til midnight tomorrow.  So an extended period of very strong winds. A secondary low pressure system could develop and track northward across Cape Breton on Thursday bringing another quick shot of snow for the island.  Mixture of sun and cloud Friday through Sunday as brisk NW winds blow on off the Gulf with a chance of showers/flurries.

Precipitation.. Snow will begin late this afternoon/early evening for PEI changing to rain for a few hours tomorrow morning but then back to snow in the afternoon as the storm center crosses eastern PEI and cooler air floods back. Western PEI could stay all snow being further from the storm center.  Snowfall amounts of 5 cms Kings, 5-10 cms Queens increasing to near 20 cms for West Prince. Rainfall amounts near 10 mms for Kings and Queens county tomorrow. Thursday snow will be heaviest this time for eastern PEI with another 5-10 cms possible.

Temperatures.. At or above normal today through Friday. A few days of cool weather through the weekend into early next week.

Wind. Increasing East winds today with gusts to 90 KMH by midnight tonight. These winds will continue all night shifting direction to southerly near noon tomorrow but still gusting 90KMH. Winds finally diminish  Wednesday night. Brisk W-NW winds then expected through Sunday.

Hazards… All with a noreaster,,, Snow and rain.. Strong winds will give extensive blowing and drifting. “Plan for power outages”.. Travel restrictions for an extended period of time on the confederation bridge expected beginning late this afternoon.

Watches/Warnings.. Wind warnings/Winter storm warnings/winter storm watches remain in effect. Please consult the Environment Canada weather website..


Today.. Cloudy with a few flurries, increasing east winds, highs +3 t

Tonight.. Snow beginning early this evening possibly changing to rain near dawn across Kings/Queens, very strong east winds G90, lows 0

Tomorrow. Rain east/snow west changing back to snow early afternoon, very strong south winds, highs +4 near noon then falling.

Thursday.. Periods of snow, Brisk NW winds, highs +3

Friday.. Sun and cloud, flurries, NW winds, highs +2

Saturday.. Sun and cloud, flurries, NW winds, highs -4

Sunday.. Sun and cloud, flurries, NW winds, highs -1

Monday.. Sun and cloud, flurries, NW winds, highs -7



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