© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Sidewalks in many areas of Charlottetown are still blocked with snow and ice so merchants have to clear them.
Snowfall well above average for December
Winter got a good head start on P.E.I. before the season officially arrived Saturday.
The snow has been falling — and accumulating — to a far greater extent than normal for December.
Environment Canada meteorologist Linda Libby says 107.2 cm has been measured this month at the Charlottetown Airport up until early Monday morning.
That is well above the 65.6 cm average snowfall for the entire month of December.
The forecast calls for another 10 to 15 cm falling over the remainder of the month, not nearly enough to reach the record snowfall for December of 230.1 cm recorded in 1970 at the Charlottetown Airport.
Libby says the one-day snowfall record in December on P.E.I. came in 2004 when 49.7 cm fell.
The heaviest daily snowfall this December came Sunday with 27 cm measured at the Charlottetown Airport.
While plenty of snow has already come down to guarantee a white Christmas in P.E.I., light flurries are forecast for good measure for Queens County on Christmas Day while Prince County could get another 10 cm of snow dumped its way, says Libby.