Monday’s sunny skies could be described as the calm before the storm.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Prince Edward Island as a mix of winter weather moves into the province Monday evening.
A trough of low-pressure south of the Great Lakes will push east and through the northeastern U.S. on Monday and then through the Maritimes overnight into Tuesday.
Precipitation associated with this storm will begin over the Island Monday evening as snow and change to ice pellets or freezing rain overnight.
“Current models suggest up to 10 centimetres of snow can be expected before the change over for most regions with up to 15 centimetres possible for northern areas of the Island,” Environment Canada says.
As the trough approaches temperatures will continue to rise overnight and allow the precipitation to change to rain by Tuesday morning.
Environment Canada says warnings may be posted for P.E.I. on Monday.
The most recent forecast from Environment Canada for Summerside indicates that snow will begin this evening before changing to ice pellets and periods of rain before morning.
There is a risk of freezing rain overnight and snow and ice pellets are estimated to amount to five to 10 centimetres. Winds will be southeast 30 kilometres per hour gusting to 50.
By morning, temperatures will rise to zero degrees.
On Tuesday, periods of rain will end in the morning with conditions turning to mainly cloudy. There is a 40 per cent chance of flurries in the evening.
Winds will come from the west at 30 kilometres per hour gusting to 50 in the morning and the high will be two degrees and falling to -2 in the afternoon.