Wednesday, January 16th 9:00am.. A cold front dropped moved across the region yesterday evening and gave the cloud and light flurries to the island. High pressure is now building in from the west and will give cold sunshine to the region today. An Alberta clipper (low pressure system originating in the prairies) currently located near James Bay is moving eastward and will pass north of the Maritimes tonight. A cold front extending southward from this system will sweep across the island late tonight with another round of cloud and light snow. High pressure rebuilds in from the west and will crest over the island Thursday night with clear skies light winds and very cold temperatures. Things then start to get interesting…. A weak area of low pressure moves across the island Friday night in to Saturday morning with light snow. High pressure briefly returns for Saturday evening. A much more impressive high impact storm then moves put of the American mid west intensifying near Cape Cod Sunday afternoon. The storm continues to move NE moving up through the Bay of Fundy Sunday night then across PEI before dawn on MOnday. This storm will bring significant precipitation to the island in the form of snow and rain with a risk of freezing rain. The track of the storm will determine precipitation types and this track is still unclear. Any shift in track either east or west will also shift the associated rain/snow line accordingly. The storm pulls away Monday afternoon but cloud and flurries should continue into Tuesday in the onshore northerly winds. High pressure crests over the region on Tuesday evening, then another wintery mix of rain and snow approaches for Wednesday.
Precipitation.. Few flurries or periods of light snow tonight giving a couple cms. Another round of light snow Friday evening giving 2-4 cms. Snow begins near noon on Sunday. At this time expect the snow to change to rain Sunday night then back to snow Monday morning then taper to flurries for later Monday through Tuesday. Too early to go into amounts yet as this will all depend on the eventual storm track but western PEI has the best chance for snow while eastern PEI has the best chance for rain. This will be a high impact event.
Temperatures.. Roller coaster. Mild/cold/mild/cold/mild/cold.
Wind.. Will also be all around the compass as the numerous weathers systems move through. String winds will accompany the Sunday night storm.
Hazards.. Generally quite next couple day Although turning very cold after midnight tonight and staying cold tomorrow. Couple cms snow Friday night. Sunday night’s storm will be high impact with possible heavy snow and or rain. Potential for flooding due rain and snow melt for some areas. Winds will give problems on Bridge with possible restrictions. Freezing rain may accompany this system giving a new set of problems.
Watches/warnings.. None for PEI at this time..
- Today.. Sunny, light-brisk south winds, highs -2 by suppertime.
- Tonight.. Cloudy with flurries, light-brisk south winds shifting to westerly near midnight, temps rising to 0 by midnight then fall falling sharply after midnight to -15 by dawn.
- Tomorrow.. Sunny and cold, diminishing west winds, highs -17
- Friday.. Sunny start becoming cloudy with light snow towards evening, brisk south winds, temps rising to 0 by late evening then falling sharply -16 towards dawn
- Saturday.. Sun and cloud, chance of a flurrie, diminishing NW winds, temps falling to -17
- Sunday.. Overcast, Snow/Rain/Wind, highs +7 by late evening.
- Monday.. Snow or rain changing to snow, NW winds, falling temps -10 by afternoon.
- Tuesday.. Flurries, diminishing NW winds, highs -14
- Wednesday.. Rain/snow..+2