The accumulated drifts and snow banks won’t disappear soon, according to Environment Canada
SUMMERSIDE — Sunday was yet another storm day on Prince Edward Island.
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Jamie Palmer makes short work of the snow that dropped on Sunday, clearing both his driveway and the roadway in front of it.
The bulk of the storm has passed the region, but unsettled weather will continue through Christmas, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Andy Firth.
Firth reported that about 25 centimetres of the white stuff had fallen in Charlottetown as the snowfall wound down late Sunday afternoon, but noted there may be bands of unsettled weather rolling through the region, evidenced by a period of freezing rain falling in the region late Sunday evening.
For much of the day Sunday and into the evening RCMP were advising Islanders to use their own discretion if they needed to travel, but were not advising drivers to stay off the roads.
Nonetheless, a number of cancellations and postponements have been reported across the province due to the most recent wallop of winter.
Freezing rain conditions were expected to continue into Monday, changing to rain as temperatures hover near the zero degrees Celsius mark. The temperature is expected to fall Monday night, leading to flurries by Tuesday morning.
“I can guarantee you a white Christmas,” Firth assured.
Christmas Day will be on the cool side, likely between -6 to -9 degrees Celsius with the chance of mixed flurries.
The most recent dumping of snowfall received a mixed reception in Summerside on Sunday.
Darlene Hammill was on her second round of shoveling when she was spotted in the early afternoon.
She decided to keep ahead of the snow “so that I’m not out here at 4 a.m. before work,” she said.
“It’s light snow, though, so it’s not that bad… other than the ice underneath,” she sighed.
Hammill actually appreciated the memories of the winters of her youth that the early snows inspired.
Cynthia Allaire of Miscouche was brushing off her car at a Granville Street parking lot before heading home from shopping.
“It’s just a little snow,” she quipped, before getting into her all wheel drive SUV.
While the snow has been a problem for some, many others make use of it for family time.
Ken Meister was digging out a for with his daughter, Jenny, as wife Allison and son Daniel scraped the last of their bed and breakfast driveway on Summer Street.
“We just haven’t had a lot of opportunities to do this lately,” he explained his enthusiasm.