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WEATHER WATCH - Thursday, March 8: Snow here, as forecast

Weather - Flurries predicted for today
FILE GRAPHIC: Snow starting this afternoon. ©THE GUARDIAN

Environment Canada is continuing its special weather statement but has not issued any warnings.

There is no change for the prediction that snow will start on P.E.I. around about the noon hour. It is expected the snow will taper to flurries or showers by evening.


Winds will be strong from the east, gusting anywhere from 40 up to 80 kilometres per hour depending on the area of P.E.I., so blowing snow could make driving treacherous this afternoon.

Still on the radar is a second, separate system to move in Friday with about the same model; snow staring midday, but this time the snow might carry on right through until Saturday.

Wind is now a possible significant factor in this second snow event, making for blowing snow and whiteouts.

RELATED: Two low-pressure systems set to bring snowfall to P.E.I. before weekend

Today might see about 5 to 10 centimetres of snow, while Friday into Saturday might be over 15 centimeters.

For this morning, it is expected to be overcast with a chance of flurries until the snow starts early this afternoon

The Confederation Bridge is currently open to all traffic but a warning is in place that a wind restriction could come at any time today, through until 11 p.m.

FlyPEI shows all flights arriving and departing Charlottetown airport to be on time today. Check the airport web site for updates.

On P.E.I. today, early morning temperatures ranged from a high of -0.1 in Stanhope, to a low of -1.7 in North Cape.


    Cloudy, with a medium chance of flurries late this morning. Snow beginning near noon. Blowing snow over exposed areas this afternoon. Amount 5 cm.

    TEMPERATURE: Hovering around 0.

    WIND: East, gusting to 70.


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



    Snow ending near midnight then cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Blowing snow over exposed areas early this evening. Snowfall amount 2 cm.

    TEMPERATURE: Rising to +2 by morning.

    WIND: East, gusting to 70, becoming southeast gusting to 50 late this evening.


    Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning near noon. Rain mixed with snow late in the afternoon.

    TEMPERATURE: High getting up to around +5, but temperature falling to 0 in the afternoon.

    WIND: Southeast, medium to light, becoming northeast late in the morning.


First light – 5:35 a.m.

Civil twilight – 6:09 a.m.

Official Sunrise – 6:39 a.m.

Official Sunset – 6:07 p.m.

Civil twilight ends – 6:37 p.m.

Last light – 7:12 p.m.

Moon – The moon sets this morning at 10:22 a.m., and rises tomorrow at 1:26 a.m.

The official length of daylight today is 11 hours, 28 minutes.


The highest temperature on record for March 8 on P.E.I. is +10.8 set in 2012.

The lowest temperature on record for this date is –21.2 set in 1989.

For March 8 on P.E.I., the average high is –0.5.

Average low for this date is -8.7.

The hot spot in Canada this morning was in West Vancouver, B.C. where it was +7.1.

The coldest spot anywhere in Canada early this morning was again at Eureka, Nunavut where it was -42.1.


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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