Saturday, January 5th 7:15am.. A warm front swept across the region yesterday, hence the cloud, flurries and milder temps. A weak ridge of high pressure will cross today with some sunshine and a continuation of the mild temps. An area of low pressure currently intensifying along the US mid Atlantic coast will track NE to be located near Sable Island overnigt tonight then into Newfoundland tomorrow. The mil air will make this a tricky forecast as rain is expected across eastern PEI and snow west as this system approaches. Tomorrow as the system pulls away, cooler air will filter back in changing any rain back to snow. Not expecting a lot of snow but enough for snow removal operations. Snow or flurries continue into Sunday as this system pulls away and high pressure approaches. Colder air invades on brisk NW winds for Monday with high pressure cresting over the island Tuesday afternoon. Clouds invade on Tuesday as the next area of low pressure approaches from the west with some snow developing late. This Low pressure will redevelop in the Gulf of Maine early Wednesday then stall over southern NS through Thursday bringing cloud and some snow. High pressure in control for Friday and Saturday.
Precipitation.. Few flurries this morning otherwise dry today. Snow begins mid evening changing over to rain for eastern half of the island by midnight but stays snow up west. Rain changes back to snow for all areas by noon tomorrow tapering to flurries by evening. Snowfall amounts of 10 cms for Charlottetown and west, 5 cms east. Rainfall amounts 5 mms Charlottetown area, 10 mms east, no rain up west. Flurries on Monday in the onshore NW winds which could give local light accumulations east of Charlottetown. Dry for Tuesday but models are hinting at snow beginning near midnight. Light snow for Wednesday and Thursday but accumulations don’t appear to be excessive.
Temperatures.. Mild today and tomorrow. Cold for Monday and Tuesday. Mild again for Wednesday and Thursday.
Wind.. Very light east winds today, brisk northerlies tomorrow and Monday.
Hazards.. Accumulating snow west, rain and snow east will make for slushie roads. Wet/slushie roads/surfaces will then freeze solid on Monday. Blowing and drifting won’t be an issue until temps fall on Monday with just flurries by then.
Watches/warnings.. Special weather statement remains in effect for PEI.
- Today.. Morning flurries, sunny breaks today, very light east winds, highs +1 slightly cooler up west.
- Tonight.. Snow/rain developing near midnight changing to rain for eastern half, increasing north winds, temps +1 slightly cooler up west.
- Tomorrow.. Rain changing to snow by noon, then tapers to flurries late, brisk north winds, temps +1 slightly cooler up west.
- Monday.. Morning flurries for east, sun and cloud up west, brisk NW winds, -8
- Tuesday.. Sunny start, snow by midnight, increasing SE winds, highs -8
- Wednesday.. Periods of light snow, brisk east winds, highs -1
- Thursday.. Periods of light snow, brisk NE winds, highs -2
- Friday.. Sunny, -6