The latest satellite imagery, taken over the lunch hour on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, shows the low-pressure system edging into the Maritimes. A series of weather warning are now posted for Prince Edward Island.
Wind and rainfall warning is in place across Queens and Kings counties while a winter storm warning is in place in Prince County, where more than 20 centimetres of snow could fall
A wind and rainfall warning is in place across Queens and Kings counties while a winter storm warning is in place in Prince County.
In Queens and Kings counties rainfall amounts of 20 to 30 millimetres are forecast by Friday morning combined with strong easterly winds gusting to 90 km/h overnight tonight.
The biggest challenge in Prince County will be snowfall, where up to 20 centimetres of snowfall is forecast with strong winds creating blowing snow and near whiteout conditions.
A deepening low-pressure system tracking up the eastern seaboard will continue to intensify tonight and Friday.
The low will track across southern New Brunswick Friday to lie over the Gulf of St. Lawrence by the evening.
Environment Canada says precipitation associated with this low will begin as snow this evening before changing through freezing rain or ice pellets to rain, at times heavy, by overnight tonight.
Highest snowfall amounts are expected over Prince County where up to 20 centimetres of snowfall is forecast with strong winds and blowing snow. That has prompted Environment Canada to issue a winter storm warning for Prince County.
ANOTHER STORM FOR PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND ON SATURDAY. DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS STORY.
Elsewhere lesser snowfall amounts are expected however significant rainfall is expected overnight and Friday morning with rainfall amounts of 20 to 30 millimetres forecast.
Strong easterly winds gusting to 90 km/h will develop ahead of this low overnight tonight.
In addition, these strong winds combined with higher than normal water levels over the Gulf of St. Lawrence may push pack ice onto the north shore on Friday.
In addition to the warnings in place for Thursday night and Friday, Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for another storm on the weekend.
A low-pressure system is forecast to approach the Maritimes on Saturday and track south of Nova Scotia overnight into Sunday.
“Current indications are that Prince Edward Island will see snow overnight Saturday night into Sunday morning. There is also the potential for blowing snow and windy conditions with this system,” the national weather service says.
“Environment Canada will continue to monitor the development of this system and provide updates as new information becomes available.”