Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for P.E.I. but today opens with sun and windchill, feel-like temperatures between –22 to –27C.
It says the storm could start about Thursday around noon, giving both snow, heavier in Prince County, then shifting to possible ice pellets and rain towards the east.
Very strong easterly winds will make for blowing snow and whiteouts. Accumulations will be in the range of around 25 centimeters. Wind gusts from the east may reach up to 90 kilometers per hour Thursday evening.
By Friday, the strong, gusting winds will shift around to the southwest.
For today, the Confederation Bridge today is currently open to all traffic.
The Charlottetown Airport is showing all flights on time.
There are two late school buses. Bus #162 to West Kent plus bus #176 to St. Jeans and Colonel Gray are both running one hour late.
On P.E.I. today, early morning temperatures ranged from a high of –15.5 at Stanhope, to a low of -16.4 in Saint Peters.
TEMPERATURE: Slowly rising to reach –10 by midnight.
FEEL-LIKE, WIND-COOLING EFFECT: –25 this morning
WIND: Southwest, gusting to 40.
LIVE STREAM of downtown Charlottetown to see weather conditions there, courtesy of the P.E.I. government and The Guild
A few clouds. Increasing cloudiness after midnight.
TEMPERATURE: Rising to around –4 by morning.
WIND: Light around and between the southwest and southeast, to calm
TOMORROW’S FORECAST FOR THURSDAY, JAN. 4:
Cloudy. Snow at times heavy and blowing snow beginning near noon. Amount 15 to 25 cm.
TEMPERATURE: Around –1.
WIND: Becoming southeast gusting to 50 in the morning, then east 60 gusting to 80 in the afternoon.
First light – 6:43 a.m.
Civil twilight – 7:21
Official Sunrise – 7:55 a.m.
Official Sunset – 4:38 p.m.
Civil twilight ends – 5:13 p.m.
Last light – 5:51 p.m.
Moon – Moonrise today at 6:51 p.m., and moonset is tomorrow 9:47 a.m.
The official length of daylight today is 8 hours, 43 minutes.
The highest temperature on record for Jan. 3 on P.E.I. is +11.6 set in 1979.
The lowest temperature on record for this date is –23.3 set in 1968.
For Jan. 3 on P.E.I., the average high is –2.5.
Average low for this date is -11.4.
The hot spot in Canada this morning was at Kindakun Rocks, B.C. where it was +8.4.
The coldest spot anywhere in Canada early this morning was at Hall Beach, Nunavut where it was -40.5.
Below is a live-stream camera view courtesy of Confederation Bridge to give a sense of weather conditions at that location.