Winds pick up tonight with more bad weather on way Friday

Dave Stewart dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 21, 2016

Not a lot of snow fell across the province on Monday but what did fall will soon be blowing around.

Linda Libby, meteorologist with Environment Canada, says the automatic station at the Charlottetown Airport measured about nine centimetres as of 3 p.m., even less in Summerside.

But it’s not over yet.

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Winds are expected to pick up significantly around 9 p.m. out of the west and northwest, gusting between 55 km/h and 75 km/h, possibly reaching 80 km/h.

That wind isn’t expected to diminish below gusts of 65 km/h until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Libby said that means there will be drifting snow. How bad depends largely on temperatures and how much of the snow crusts over due to those cold temps.

P.E.I. should get a couple of days to recover before the next system hits.

Environment Canada is keeping an eye on what Libby calls “ugly weather’’ for Good Friday.

She said some areas in Prince County could see as much as 15 centimetres of snow but the entire province is looking at between 10 and 40 millimetres of freezing rain and ice pellets.

To be specific, the forecast calls for between 5 and 25 millimetres of ice pellets and between 5 and 15 millimetres of freezing rain.

The good news is that the wind is not expected to be a factor.

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