Summerside received 75 cm of snow in December

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December record for Summerside 203 cm in 1970

SUMMERSIDE – While the snow may be mounting up outside, Prince Edward Island is nowhere near setting any records for snowfall in the month of December.

Crews work moving snow at Credit Union Place. Environment Canada says 75 cm of snow fell on the city in December. 


Environment Canada meteorologist Paula Sutherland said Summerside has recorded a snowfall of 75 centimetres for December while Charlottetown received 102 centimetres.

As daunting as these numbers may appear they pale beside the record snowfalls in each city for December.

In 1970, for the month of December, Charlottetown recorded 230 cm and Summerside 203 cm.

And there’s more on the way.

“We are looking at another system later in the week, Thursday into Friday,” Sutherland said. “Looking into Wednesday, we have a ridge of high pressure over the Maritimes and then into Thursday evening and Friday there is a low pressure system that will form along Cape Cod. Right now it looks like it is forecast to go south of Nova Scotia.

Sutherland said she doesn’t expect a lot of snowfall for Prince Edward Island, although Environment Canada does have a special weather statement out for the Island.

“We’re just giving a heads up that there is another system on for later in the week,” she said. “Of note are the colder temperatures throughout this week are something to keep an eye on. We’re looking at highs of only about -12 to -17 degrees for most of this week.”

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

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