Freezing rain, gusting winds forecast for today; snow coming tonight

Jocelyne Lloyd
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The Environment Canada Weather Office has issued weather warnings for Prince Edward Island that include rainfall, freezing rain and snow for different regions of the Island.

As Prince Edward Island schools are closed for the fourth day in a row Monday, the forecast doesn't look better for Tuesday.

Environment Canada has issued warnings for different parts of the Island. There are freezing rain and rain warnings for Kings County; a winter storm warning for Prince County; and Queens County gets the jackpot with both winter storm and rainfall warnings.

A low-pressure system slowly approaching from the southwest will drift south of Nova Scotia today and Tuesday, says the Weather Office.

The freezing rain will persist over West Prince County today, while the rest of the Island will see rain, freezing rain and ice pellets.

The precipitation will change to snow tonight and persist on Tuesday. Further rainfall amounts of 10 millimetres are expected in Queens County while 15 to 30 centimetres of snow is expected over central and western areas.

The snow will be accompanied by strong northeast winds giving poor visibility in blowing snow.

Tuesday's forecast calls for 5 cm of snow, at times heavy, and blowing snow. The Confederation Bridge's site specific forecast calls for winds to persist until 4 p.m. Tuesday.

So far, there is sun in the forecast for Wednesday and a high of 2C. 

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Kings, Prince Queens

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  • The Observer from Stratford
    March 31, 2014 - 10:12

    School may be closed for a fifth straight day by tomorrow. Why not just shut the system down completely and start to raise free range kids? There's no reason for schools to be closed in Queens today.

    • loving parent
      March 31, 2014 - 13:01

      As a parent, I would much rather that my child is home safe and sound, than risk him having to walk along the side of an icy road. I have no issues with them cancelling school today, given the rotten weather forecast. As another parent said, take the day and spend it doing something productive with your child... educate them, spend quality time with them, teach them something new yourselves... These "storm days" are such a great opportunity to spend that extra bit of time together. Take advantage of it.. Your kids grow up too fast as it is. Cherish the moments you can steal with them.

    • Really??
      March 31, 2014 - 14:14

      either your a person who likes to make trouble or you don't have a clue. Put the buds out today? You have got to be kidding. the side roads in the country are all a mess. I could not imagine small kids trying to get on a bus in these conditions. Also, why would we want to subject the drivers and passengers to such unnecessary risks? I mean really!!!!

  • Shirley
    March 31, 2014 - 08:18

    Enough of Winter GRrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!