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UPDATE: Schools closing two hours early

A sudden drop in temperatures later today will bring ice that will be quickly created from puddles, rain and slush, bringing a risk of falling.  ©THE GUARDIAN - gastas
A sudden drop in temperatures later today will bring ice that will be quickly created from puddles, rain and slush, bringing a risk of falling. ©THE GUARDIAN - gastas - 123RF Stock Photo

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The Public Schools Branch has just issued a notice that all schools will close two hours early today.

"Due to the flash freeze warning in effect throughout the province, and the anticipated impact on travel conditions, all PSB schools will be dismissing two hours early today," says the statement.

Environment Canada has upgraded its statement to a full warning, saying the temperature will fall dramatically later today, creating a type of flash freeze.

Water that has accumulated in puddles and ponds, plush slush on the road and any rain that is falling will begin to freeze solid.

The temperature is expected to get to –1C by about 5 p.m. this evening, and then fall steadily all night to reach about –18 by around 6 a.m. Saturday morning as the wind shifts from the south to the northwest this afternoon.

Rain is expected to fall all day, changing to snow around 5 p.m. until around 8 p.m., and then a chance of flurries the rest of the night.

By tomorrow, the weather is expected to be a mix of sun, cloud, flurries and bitter, wind-chill, feel-like temperatures around –28.

Today, the Confederation Bridge currently open to all traffic with no warnings.

FlyPEI shows all arrivals and departures are on time at the Charlottetown Airport. Check the airport web site for updates.

On P.E.I. today, early morning temperatures ranged from a high of +2.9 at East Point, to a low of +0.9 at North Cape.

WEATHER TODAY:

    Rain changing to snow this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this afternoon. Rainfall amount 10 to 15 mm

    TEMPERATURE: High +4 with temperature falling to –3 this evening.

    WIND:  South gusting to 40, becoming northwest gusting to 50 this afternoon.

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LIVE STREAM of downtown Charlottetown to see weather conditions there, courtesy of the P.E.I. government and The Guild

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TONIGHT’S PREDICTIONS:

    Snow ending this evening then partly cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries.

    TEMPERATURE: Low –18. Cold wind chill around –29

    WIND: Northwest gusting to 50

TOMORROW’S FORECAST FOR SATURDAY, FEB. 3:

    A mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of flurries.

    TEMPERATURE: High –14. Cold wind chill around –28.

    WIND: West gusting to 40.

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First light – 6:27 a.m.

Civil twilight – 7:03

Official Sunrise – 7:35 a.m.

Official Sunset – 5:17 p.m.

Civil twilight ends – 5:49 p.m.

Last light – 6:25 p.m.

Moon – Rises this evening at 8:06 p.m., and sets tomorrow at 9:25 a.m.

The official length of daylight today is 9 hours, 43 minutes.

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The highest temperature on record for Feb. 2 on P.E.I. is +13.3 set in 1976.

The lowest temperature on record for this date is –27.2 set in 1955.

For Feb. 2 on P.E.I., the average high is –4.0.

Average low for this date is -13.4.

The hot spot in Canada this morning was at Saturna Island in B.C. where it was +10.8.

The coldest spot anywhere in Canada early this morning was at Eureka, Nunavut where it was -40.6.

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Below is a live-stream camera view courtesy of Confederation Bridge to give a sense of weather conditions at that location.

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