Storm watch changed to snowfall warning

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Up to 15cm expected for Prince County

SUMMERSIDE – The winter storm watch has changed to a snowfall warning, with up to 15cm expected for the Prince County area.

Snow began falling in Summerside at about noon on Sunday. 15 cm are expected to fall through the evening. Temperature are expected to rise to near 0 degrees Celsius by Monday morning, though rain is forcast only for the eastern part of the island.

“It is a snowfall warning at this point (Sunday morning).  There will be a little bit of blowing snow, but not much because the temperatures are going to warm up, and parts of the Island will see that snow change into rain as well,” advised Environment Canada meteorologist Jean-Marc Couturier.

The website forecast lists a 40 percent chance of flurries early this evening. Snow, at times heavy, begins this evening then changes to rain before morning. Rainfall amount is expected to be 5 mm. Local blowing snow after midnight is possible.

“The temperature change will be somewhat sudden, so there won’t be too much of a threat of freezing rain. There is a risk for parts of the Island, but it would be kind of patchy,” he added.

“As far as Prince County goes, we are going to see some flurry activity during the afternoon, and the bulk of the snow will be coming during the evening hours,” he warned.

“Probably 15cm is a good number, overall, for the county,” Couturier estimated.

The storm itself is currently over New Jersey and will bring much warmer air over the Maritimes, Couturier explained. This will modify and bring warmer temperatures overnight.

He advised that rain would be limited to the eastern end of the Island, from Charlottetown and through Kings County.

Temperatures in Prince County are expected to remain steady, from -9 degrees Celsius, Sunday morning and through the afternoon, with gradual warming overnight to near 0 degrees by Monday morning.

Ahead of the storm, easterly winds will pick up, reaching 40-60 km/h in the overnight hours and continuing to Monday morning. By Monday afternoon, wind direction will change to westerly, which will bring much colder air for New Year’s Eve.

The New Year will kick off with temperatures expected to dip well into the minus-double-digit range.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Prince, Iceland, New Jersey Charlottetown Kings

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