It now appears that P.E.I. will miss any significant snow or rain from weather heading our way, but strong winds will be the feature of the weekend, says Environment Canada.
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A woman walks along Summerside's Water Street in heavy snowfall. File photo.
“We are looking at a low pressure system moving into the region from the Great Lakes,” said Linda Libby, P.E.I.-based meteorologist with Environment Canada.
The weather system is expected to centre on New Brunswick early Sunday.
“We are getting off pretty lightly,” said Libby of this regional weather system.
Nova Scotia is forecast to be pelted with rain and Newfoundland and Labrador to get a snowstorm while P.E.I. stays firmly in the middle.
Some snow may fall in western regions of P.E.I. Saturday afternoon while rain starts in the East to eventually encompass the whole Island.
“Most places will mostly get rain,” said Libby of P.E.I.
The majority of precipitation will likely be after midnight, in the early hours of Sunday.
“We are not looking for any significant amounts,” she said. “The down side is the winds, about as strong as during the blizzard on Wednesday.
Wind will start creeping up stronger in the late afternoon Saturday, up to gusts possibly over 80 kilometres per hour in the early hours of Sunday.
Looking much farther ahead, there are bits and pieces of weather data that could combine to make a storm for next week. Libby is not very concerned.
“Right now, there is something out there but many elements need to come together for it to affect us,” she said. “I don’t see that as likely. I’m not seeing anything coming together just yet.”