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P.E.I. under quick-freeze warning for Saturday

Environment Canada radar screen shot.
Environment Canada radar screen shot. - Environment Canada

All the rain followed by temperature free-fall expected to make for slippery conditions

SUMMERSIDE

Prince Edward Island could quickly turn icy as the temperature plummets Saturday afternoon and evening, Environment Canada is warning.

The temperature is expected to hold around 11 degrees on the plus side overnight, and start the day Saturday around 10 degrees in Summerside before falling off to minus one by afternoon..

The temperature is expected to hold around 13 degrees in Charlottetown before starting its descent Saturday morning.

A changeover to freezing rain could occur in Prince County around noontime. Total precipitation of rain and freezing rain is expected to be around 20 mm. Charlottetown area could get 15 to 25 mm of rain, Environment Canada advises, and a changeover to freezing drizzle could hit the capital by evening.

It’s the combination of all that daytime rain followed by freezing rain, freezing drizzle and ice pellets late in the day and the flash freeze by evening that has Environment Canada warning drivers and pedestrians to exercise caution.

“Ponding water, slush, and any falling precipitation will freeze as the temperature drops,” warns the weather office.

Temperatures will drop dramatically Saturday night in the wake of a cold front moving through the area, resulting in water freezing quickly, especially on untreated surfaces.

Close to 20-degree temperature swing.

The nighttime low on Saturday is expected to dip to minus eight in Summerside and minus seven in Charlottetown.

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