Line across Island from northwest to southeast
SUMMERSIDE – There is likely to be less snow from the approaching storm than originally forecast for Prince County, but ice pellets and freezing rain, along with wind, will make conditions no less difficult.
Environment Canada meteorologist Gelas Dugay updated the forecast after 7 p.m., Wednesday, predicting 15 cm of snow overnight, blown by northeast winds at 50 kilometres per hour gusting to 80.
Temperatures are anticipated to drop to -8 degrees Celsius tonight, with the warm front of the storm raising temperatures overnight as the low system moves north along the U.S. Atlantic coast and up the Bay of Fundy.
Early tracking of the storm had it moving further south, which would have resulted in more snow for the Island.
“Snow will turn to ice pellets, and by daybreak expect a mixture of freezing rain and ice pellets that will last until early-to-mid-afternoon before turning back to snow,” Duguay detailed.
He expects it will be very windy all day Thursday, with northeast winds at 60 km/h gusting to 90.
Temperatures will rise to about -3 C for the early part of the day, dropping to -10 C as the wind shifts to a more northerly direction. The storm will continue into the evening before the wind diminishes as the system pulls away to the northeast towards Newfoundland and Labrador.
There will be a fairly strong line from northwest to southeast across the Island, with Prince County getting mostly snow and freezing rain while Kings County is likely to get 10-15 ml of rain from the system.