© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
A couple walk past the cenotaph and Province House in Charlottetown during a winter storm in February. The Island is set to get hit with more winter tonight.
Winter storm warnings posted for Queens and Prince counties. All of P.E.I expecting snow, blowing snow, ice pellets and freezing rain
Make sure the shovels and ice scrapers are at the ready: Winter is not about to loosen its grip on Prince Edward Island just yet.
Snow, blowing snow, ice pellets and freezing rain are expected tonight as Environment Canada's winter storm warning continues for Prince County and Queens County. A flash freeze warning has now been issued for Kings County.
A storm system will intensify over New England and push a mix of precipitation into Prince Edward Island tonight as it tracks into the Maritimes. The precipitation will begin as snow in the evening.
Snow will be heavy at times, especially in western portions of the province where strong gusty winds will also give reduced visibilities in blowing snow.
Snow will change to freezing rain and ice pellets further east.
There is the potential for a prolonged period of freezing rain over central portions of the Island overnight and into Thursday morning.
Snow will change to rain in the east with a period of freezing rain and ice pellets likely during the transition.
The Confederation Bridge has issued an advisory that strong winds, in the 80-90 kilometre an hour range, gusting to 100 km/h, are expected between 1 and 8 a.m. Thursday. These winds could lead to restrictions on the bridge.
The Charlottetown Airport Authority is also advising that weather will likely impact flight schedules for Thursday. The Air Canada flight due to land at midnight from Toronto has been cancelled.
Passengers should check with their airline for more information on their particular flights.
As this system passes on Thursday, a cold northerly flow will cause temperatures to drop rapidly from above to well below zero. Water covered surfaces such as roadways and sidewalks may quickly become ice covered. That has prompted Environment Canada to issue a flash freeze warning for Kings County.
Also, strong northeasterly winds in the Gulf of St. Lawrence combined with higher than normal water levels will push pack ice onto the shoreline along the North Coast of Prince Edward Island Thursday afternoon into the evening.
And Environment Canada is warning another big storm is brewing for next Monday - St. Patrick's Day – as well as Tuesday.