Cleanup time after messy weather

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As Scott Buchanan shoveled out his driveway on a blustery Sunday he slowed to greet the reporter taking his picture.

Summerside residents had their shovels and snow blowers out after Sunday’s storm dumped more than 13 cm of snow on the region.

“Lovely morning,” he quipped as he bent low for another shovelful.

Buchanan definitely wasn’t alone on Sunday as all of Prince Edward Island dug out from a storm that, while not as bad as some predictions, still dumped a significant amount of snow and freezing rain on the province.

According to Environment Canada estimations, about 13 cm of snow had fallen on the Summerside region as of mid-afternoon Sunday, and snow continued to fall well into the evening.

“It’s certainly not as much as we’d thought,” said Andy Firth, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.

“The low was actually a bit deeper, a bit farther north… the whole thing just shifted north. Areas of New Brunswick that we didn’t have warning out for before, we had to issue,” he said.

For Monday, Firth said Prince and Queen Counties can expect flurries ending in the morning with strong gusts of winds throughout the day.

That wind could create blowing snow in the morning, he added, but should dissipate by lunchtime.

Sunday’s wet weather made for pretty sloppy driving throughout the day and both local police and the RCMP were asking people to stay off the roads if possible.

RCMP reported a collision in Travellers Rest on Route 2 late Sunday afternoon, which required the temporary closure of that section of highway between Rayner Creek Road and Route 120.

Thankfully, most people in Summerside seemed content to spend a quiet day at home, said Corp. Stewart Andrews of Summerside Police Services.

“We’ve had very little traffic. Actually people are just getting on the go. But still, not nearly as much traffic as we’d normally have,” said Andrews.

“The fewer people on the road that don’t have to be, the better,” he added.

As a result, there were no serious incidents to report, he said.



Organizations: Environment Canada, RCMP, Summerside Police Services

Geographic location: Summerside, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick Rayner Creek Road

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