ALBERTON -- Plows are out across Prince County this morning, cleaning up from Monday’s freezing rain and the overnight snowfall and ice pellets.
Sean McNally, Prince County dispatcher, said plows went out onto the main roads at 4:30 a.m. and onto the side roads two hours later. Although he indicated the snowfall wasn’t significant, he said plow operators were encountering snowdrifts in places as well as drifting. Cleanup was progressing smoothly, he said, but described conditions as “very wintry.”
Maritime Electric continues to work on repairing power outages from Monday’s freezing rain and the number of customers still without power had dropped to 3,300 by 6:30 this morning, most of those in West Prince. That's down from 15,000 customers without power across P.E.I. at nightfall.
McNally described Monday’s weather in simple enough terms: “Just a winter storm event.”
Conditions are still severe enough, though, that safety officials are cautioning drivers to stay off the roads, and they have led to a fifth school day in a row with now classes for Island school children.
McNally said plows were not needed today to assist the utility crew with its work and he indicated tree branches from fallen or leaning trees did not appear to be a problem for the plows today.