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P.E.I. weather and travel updates – Risk of frostbite, weekend storm ahead

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It will be sunny across the Island today with northwest wind gusting up to 50 km/h. The temperature is expected to fall to -15 C this morning. With wind chill, it will be near -27 C with a risk of frostbite.

A few clouds tonight with a low of -18 C. With wind chill, it will be -24 C.

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT: A winter storm is expected to bring major impacts to the region Sunday and Sunday night.

A low-pressure system will approach the region from the southwest on Sunday and track across the Maritimes as a large winter storm Sunday night.

While it is difficult to give details this far in advance, all indications show a major snowfall event for areas north of the track of the low, a major rainfall event south of the track of the low, and significant amounts of snow, rain and potential for an extended freezing rain event near the track of the low.

The precipitation will be accompanied by very strong east to northeast winds ahead of the low's track, shifting to very strong southerly winds south of its track.

Snowfall amounts north of the low's track of 30 cm or higher are possible. Rainfall amounts south of the track in excess of 50 mm are possible.

At this time potential tracks of this system range from central New Brunswick to the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia.

Because the track of the low will be critical in determining how much snow, rain or freezing rain any location will get, even a slight shift in its track will have major effects on the type and amount of precipitation received.

Details should become clearer over the next couple of days as the system gradually develops over the southern U.S.

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