Extreme wind chill today, snow coming Friday

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A Canada Post letter carrier on Greenfield Avenue in Charlottetown is dressed for the bone chilling temperatures that hit the province Thursday. Temperatures hit minus 22C with a wind chill of minus 33C and that made it cold and even dangeropus for anyone working out of doors. 

Environment Canada has issued an extreme wind chill warning for today and a blowing snow warning for Friday.

A cold airmass is cuasing temperatures of below -25C, says the Weather Office. These frigid temperatures along with brisk northwesterly winds are making for extreme wind chills below -35C. 

The wind chill will subside later today, but the temperatures will stay frigid with a few flurries around midnight.

Snowfall on Friday, combined with strong northeast winds, will lead to blowing snow and whiteout conditions.

Friday will see periods of snow in the amounts of 5 to 10 cm with local blowing snow forecast for the afternoon and evening. Winds will gust up to 60 km/h early in the afternoon. But the temperatures will be a relatively balmy -10C.

A low pressure system that is expected to give Nova Scotia a blizzard on Friday will give periods of snow to the Island. This snow, combined with the cold Arctic airmass over the region and increasing northeast winds gusting up to 60 km/h Friday afternoon, will likely give near-zero visibilities at times in blowing and drifting snow, especially over exposed areas. 

Meanwhile, Nova Scotia is bracing for another blizzard Friday. Winds gusting to 60 km/h coupled with 5 to 10 cm of snow today and 10 to 20 cm Friday will leave our neighbour across the Strait in whiteout conditions.

Our other neighbour, New Brunswick, has just recovered from the ice storm from more than a week ago.

Prince Edward Island Maritime Electric employees who had been helping restore power to New Brunswick homes and businesses were called back to the Island Wednesday. Canadian Press reports out of New Brunswick say fewer than 100 customers are still without power there.

Organizations: Environment Canada, Weather Office

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  • Liberal dong
    January 02, 2014 - 18:48

    @Pete,hey Don cannot blame them two for the crappy cold weather,but those two clowns can be blamed for the very very high fuel prices this island is paying since the new year.very very sickening,and liberals are doing nothing about it,the election motto last election was this government is for the people,ya right,hope the next election comes really soon so we all can kick those goons to the curb.

    • Pete
      January 03, 2014 - 06:59

      LOL, I just knew that someone would somehow find a way to make the weather a political issue (even if indirectly).

  • The Observer from Stratford
    January 02, 2014 - 10:22

    I believe that we were assured on Monday that this storm was not going to be a big deal for PEI. Now we get told that we're in for 5-10 cm of blowing snow or in other words a near blizzard. Thanks Env. Canada for giving us "adequate" warning.

    • huh
      January 02, 2014 - 11:41

      A changing forecast is something new? I don't think I have ever accepted a forecast five days an advance as an "assurance" of anything.

    • Captain Canuck
      January 02, 2014 - 12:49

      Hey, Observer, IT'S WINTER! What do you want, your money back? Oh, the irony...

    • Piet Hein
      January 02, 2014 - 14:48

      Observer, I don't believe Environment Canada claims complete accuracy of a forecast five days out. By the way, this is winter after all.

  • Pete
    January 02, 2014 - 09:32

    I'm sure that Don will blame this weather on Robert Ghiz and/or Wes Sheridan, lol