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WEATHER-WEDNESDAY, FEB.7: Snowfall warning extends to Queens County

Environment Canada has added Queens county to the snowfall warning that came into effect yesterday for Prince County, calling for around 15 to 20 centimetres of snow tonight before things become a whole mixed of precipitation.

After the snow starts, then just after midnight tonight, parts of the Island will change first to ice pellets, then freezing rain, then to just rain. Prince County is expected to convert only to freezing rain but may even go back to flurries by tomorrow morning.

Winds are predicted to be strong, gusting from the east for most of tonight. Then a big shift around 4 a.m. tomorrow will bring warmer wind from the southwest, but still gusting.

Before all that arrives, the sun is forecast today until the clouds start to cover over the whole sky starting about 3 p.m.

Today, the Confederation Bridge currently open to all traffic but there is a warning of possible wind restrictions against high-sided vehicles anytime between 10 p.m. tonight through to 12 noon tomorrow.

FlyPEI shows all arrivals and departures are on time today at the Charlottetown Airport. Check the airport web site for updates.

On P.E.I. today, early morning temperatures went from tip to top, with a high of -2.3 in East Point, to a low of -8.5 at North Cape.

WEATHER TODAY:

    Mainly sunny with increasing cloudiness this afternoon, then a good chance of flurries late this afternoon.

    TEMPERATURE: Climbing steadily from about -9 to about -5 by mid-afternoon.

    WIND: Light from the north until about 3 p.m., then light from the east.

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LIVE STREAM of downtown Charlottetown to see weather conditions there, courtesy of the P.E.I. government and The Guild

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TONIGHT’S PREDICTIONS:

    Snow changing to freezing rain mixed with ice pellets after midnight then to rain overnight. Fog patches developing overnight. Snow and ice pellet amount 15 cm. Rainfall amount 5 mm.

    TEMPERATURE: Rising to +3 by morning.

    WIND: Becoming east gusting to 50 this evening, then becoming southwest gusting to 50 before morning.

TOMORROW’S FORECAST FOR THURSDAY, FEB. 6:

    Rain ending early in the morning then mainly cloudy with medium chance of flurries. Fog patches dissipating in the morning.

    TEMPERATURE: Falling to -4 in the afternoon.

    WIND: Southwest gusting to 50, becoming northwest gusting to 40 in the morning.

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First light – 6:21 a.m.

Morning twilight starts – 6:57

Official Sunrise – 7:28 a.m.

Official Sunset – 5:25 p.m.

Evening twilight ends – 5:57 p.m.

Last light – 6:32 p.m.

Moon – Sets this morning at 11:18 a.m., and rises tomorrow at 1:40 a.m.

The official length of daylight today is 9 hours, 57 minutes.

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The highest temperature on record for Feb. 7 on P.E.I. is +8.9 set in 1951.

The lowest temperature on record for this date is –29.8 set in 1993.

For Feb. 7 on P.E.I., the average high is –3.9.

Average low for this date is -13.2.

The hot spot in Canada this morning was at Sheringham Point in B.C. where it was +8.7.

The coldest spot anywhere in Canada early this morning was at Rabbit Kettle, Northwest Territories, where it was -46.8.

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Below is a live-stream camera view courtesy of Confederation Bridge to give a sense of weather conditions at that location.

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