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While freezing rain and snow caused poor travelling conditions for some, it didn’t stop Charlottetown’s Jayne Yeo and many others from participating in a Christmas shopping bustle over the weekend.
Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for all of Prince Edward Island with an additional 15 millimetres of precipitation possible.
The weather office said that periods of freezing rain across the island will continue through the night into Monday as a trough of low pressure over Southern Nova Scotia slowly moves northward.
Meanwhile ,a dumping of snow and ice over the weekend seems to have ensured that Islanders will have a white Christmas this year.
Approximately 25 centimetres of snow fell on the province throughout the weekend, most of which had followed a blast of freezing rain that covered P.E.I. roads Saturday evening causing travelling problems for motorists.
Environment Canada meteorologist Andy Firth said Saturday saw a mix of weather on P.E.I., including showers, freezing rain fog, flurries and light snow.
“There was dribs and drabs of weather,” he said. “The snow began in earnest overnight and it was preceded by rain and a stint of freezing rain.”
While a provincial freezing rain warning was lifted Saturday night, a snowfall warning remained in place until Sunday evening.
Firth said it is difficult to say which sections of the province received the most snow, with Charlottetown airport being Environment Canada’s only manned station.
“It looks like it was fairly consistent (across the province),” he said, adding that freezing rain was worse in western and eastern areas.
While wind was not much of an issue through the weekend, Firth said gusts up to 50 km/h likely caused some local blowing snow in areas.
Sunday’s snow tapered off into flurries by late afternoon, with minor amounts of 2 to 4 centimetres of both snow and ice pellets expected for overnight into Monday morning.
Firth said that is expected to change to freezing rain around noon and then to rain in the afternoon.
Environment Canada is forecasting a 60 per cent chance of flurries to return on Christmas Eve Tuesday.
“It’s going to be cooling off,” said Firth.