Tuesday, January 1st 9:30am.. Happy New Year!! Snow began to fall about 430am this morning in Charlottetown as our next storm system approached. This system is now located vicinity the eastern Townships of Quebec and is moving eastward to be located over Cape Breton this evening. A mainly snow event is expected for PEI with the track along northern NS or just south of PEI but there could be enough warm air to see a mix or a brief change over to rain across areas east of Charlottetown later this afternoon. The associated cold front will then sweep across the island late this afternoon/early this evening ushering in much colder temperature on brisk-strong NW winds. This will cause widespread blowing and drifting snow along with onshore cloud and flurries for eastern half of the island. Cold high pressure approaches from the west cresting over the island tomorrow evening. Friday’s storm continues to remain south of the Maritimes but enough cloud and some unsettled weather will push north across the region to give some flurries for later Thursday into Friday. High pressure returns for Saturday with some sunshine then watching another potential noreaster for Sunday but temps maybe warm enough for a mostly rain event here and of course the eventual track is still anyone’s guess right now. Lets get through today’s event first then look at Sunday.
Precipitation.. Snow today which could briefly change over to rain across eastern half of the island late this afternoon when temps are at their warmest. Snowfall amounts in the 15-20 cm range but a little lower if we get a change over to rain. Flurries tonight into tomorrow morning. Dry for later Wednesday into Thursday morning. Flurries for late Thursday into Friday. Dry for Saturday then possible rain and /or snow for Sunday.
Temperatures.. Will be slowly getting milder today peaking near 0/+1 by suppertime. Cold arctic air then invades the island just after suppertime today dropping temps back to -8 by midnight tonight and -15 by dawn tomorrow. Stays very cold for Wednesday and Thursday in fact the coldest night of the season so far expected tomorrow night into Dawn Thursday with lows near -20. A warm-up begins on Friday and stays on the milder side into next week.
Wind.. Brisk SE winds today will initially drop off to light late this afternoon as the eye of the storm passes just to out south along the Northumberland strait. Winds then shift and increase to brisk-strong northerly winds early this evening which will continue overnight into early tomorrow. Light SW winds, on Thursday.
Hazards.. Accumulating snow today.. Brisk-strong Northerly winds will result in widespread blowing and drifting snow beginning this evening. Plan to stay put after suppertime. Won’t be good on roads. Possible travel restrictions on the Bridge due high winds this evening and tonight. Any wet/slushie roads/sidewalks/surfaces will freeze solid tonight and stay frozen tomorrow and Thursday.
Watches/warnings.. Wind and snowfall warnings remain in place for all of PEI. Snowfall for today, wind for tonight.
- Today.. Snow at times heavy giving 15-20 cms. Chance of a change over to rain across eastern half mid-late afternoon for a couple hours. Light-brisk SE winds, highs 0
- Tonight.. Snow and or rain changing to flurries early this evening. Winds increasing to brisk-strong North mid evening, temps falling to -8 by midnight and -15 by dawn.
- Tomorrow.. Morning cloud and flurries especially eastern PEI. Clearing. Diminishing NW winds, highs -13
- Thursday.. Sunny morning, cloudy afternoon with chance of flurries, light-brisk SE winds, highs -9
- Friday.. Flurries, +1
- Saturday.. Sunny, light SE winds, highs -1
- Sunday.. Rain and/or snow,+1
- Monday.. Snow/flurries -2