© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
A City of Charlottetown snowplow clears snow from the roadway in Victoria Park Monday. Some sidewalks in Brighton and other areas of the city still need to be plowed.
Ice-covered tree branches caused power outages and blowing snow slowed down driving Monday
Latest forecasts say P.E.I. will not get a another strom Friday, missing one heading this way from the U.S. but the last one overnight Sunday dumped up to 24 centimetres of snow plus freezing rain.
Environment Canada issued a weather summary Monday, saying that in Charlottetown it recorded 18 centimetres of snow and three millimetres of freezing rain.
That precipitation came from a low-pressure system that came up the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.
There are a number of official but unstaffed observation stations across P.E.I., with East Point showing 11 cm of snow and North Cape showing 20 while Summerside recorded 17 cm.
Volunteers with Environment Canada reported 24 cm in New London, 17 cm at North Rustico and Slemon Park, 21 cm in Wellington and 22 cm in Miminegash.
Environment Canada earlier today cancelled a special weather statement that warned a storm may hit P.E.I. later this week.
“At this time there is a lot of uncertainty with respect to final track of this storm and there is a possibility that the storm will remain well south of Nova Scotia.” said the weather statement Monday.
It appears the forecast models are more favourable towards the storm remaining far enough away to give P.E.I. just a 60 percent chance of flurries Friday.
The wet snow early Monday fell on trees already iced by freezing rain from last week.
“We started to get calls (Monday) morning about 7 a.m. and we had about 200 customers off this morning,” said Kim Griffin, spokesperson for Maritime Electric.
“Around lunchtime we were in the 450 to 550 range of customers out. The largest outage was in the South Shore area, in around Canoe Cove and Argyle Shore.
“In all the cases we had tree branches that were ice-covered and full of snow. In some situations we would get the power back on for customers and 30 minutes later it would go out again as other branches started to fall down. It was layers of snow and ice packed on evergreens.
Maritime Electric, however, does not want people trimming their own trees near power lines, said Griffin.
The company also wants snow-removal companies and families with children to avoid piling snow up to power lines or climbing up snow piles that are near power lines.
As for the warning of another storm this Friday, the company is keeping a weather eye out.
“We do have crews still in New Brunswick helping, so we are watching the weather closely in case we need to call our crews back to the Island,” said Griffin.