New weather system moves toward P.E.I.

Colin MacLean
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Prince Edward Island residents may have plenty of time to wrap Christmas presents and drink eggnog by the fireplace this weekend because the forecast is not looking good for getting much else done.

Environment Canada's Weather Office has issued freezing rain and winter storm warnings for Queens and Prince counties this weekend.

CLICK HERE FOR ENVIRONMENT CANADA WEATHER ALERTS FOR P.E.I.

A trough of low pressure will move over the Maritimes today and remain nearly stationary over the region throughout the weekend.

Snow ahead of the trough will change to rain with a risk of freezing rain during the changeover for Kings County Saturday morning. Over Prince and Queens counties the snow will change to freezing rain near noon on Saturday then end in the evening. The freezing rain may be intermittent but is expected to last 6 to 8 hours.

There is also potential for significant snow, freezing rain and ice pellets on Sunday.

"Those planning travel or other weather-sensitive activities for Sunday are advised to monitor future forecasts for more information and any warnings that may be required," states the Weather Office.

Organizations: Environment Canada, Weather Office

Geographic location: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Kings

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