Most of P.E.I. dodges bad weather

Dave Stewart
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Rain and freezing rain fell on central and eastern P.E.I. on Wednesday but it wasn't as bad as originally forecasted.

Most of Prince Edward Island dodged a bit of a bullet weather-wise on Wednesday.

A lot of Islanders were still crawling out of bed when news came that both the English and French Language School Boards were staying closed for the day.

What followed after was an endless list of cancellations and postponements as everyone anticipated a day full of snow, rain and freezing rain.

For the most part, conditions in Queens and Kings counties were more than decent until late Wednesday afternoon when the rain and freezing rain started falling in the central and eastern parts of the province.

Paula Sutherland, meteorologist with Environment Canada, said conditions were pretty much as promised in Prince County with snow and blowing snow being the order of the day.

The western end of the province was expected to scooping up about 15 centimetres by the time it was all supposed to end late Wednesday night.

The rain and freezing rain was forecast to change to snow Wednesday evening with snow amounts expected to total around five centimetres. That's after 5-10 millimetres of rain, creating quite a messy drive home for the daytime workforce.

Sutherland said conditions in Queens and Kings counties weren't as bad as originally thought.

She said the warm air moved further north than forecasters thought it would.

The good news is this mixed bag of weather the province has been subject to recently should begin to stabilize now, according to Environment Canada.

Conditions on Thursday don't appear too bad. Winds will be light out of the north with approximately two centimetres of snow expected to fall.

And Sutherland said that's it as far as the long-range forecast goes.

"There is nothing significant for the next few days,'' she said.

Take heart folks, spring officially begins March 20 although Sutherland wouldn't go so far as to promise spring-like weather just yet.

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

Twitter.com/DveStewart

 

Organizations: Environment Canada, English and French Language School Boards

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Queens, Kings Prince

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