Latest forecast says P.E.I. will dodge storm on Friday

Nigel Armstrong
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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.

Organizations: Environment Canada, Maritime Electric, New London

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, East Point North Cape Slemon Park Wellington United States Atlantic Canada Nova Scotia South Shore Canoe Cove New Brunswick

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Recent comments

  • Billy
    January 01, 2014 - 18:09

    Did boomer predict that it will miss us.

  • don
    January 01, 2014 - 15:08

    huh. no hate just using my freedom of speech plus i do not agree with him. do i need to check with you 1st before i say anything LOL.

    • huh
      January 01, 2014 - 16:50

      You don't agree with what? You realize all he does is read what Environment Canada tells him. Again, small, bitter little man...

  • Say again
    January 01, 2014 - 00:36

    So, "Maritime Electric, however, does not want people trimming their own trees near power lines, said Griffin". . . Hmmmm . .. .I've been in contact with them 3 times since the spring of 2013 about trees very close to a live line, and I'm still waiting.

  • Frosty
    December 31, 2013 - 17:27

    WHAT !!!!!! I've just spent all afternoon clearing our lane out to make room for it.

  • don
    December 31, 2013 - 12:43

    we wilkl have o wait for 2 things till fri and what boomer tells us he is never wrong.

    • huh
      January 01, 2014 - 10:21

      Why in the world did Kevin Gallant all of a sudden get on your hate list? Run out of things to say about Ghiz? You are a bitter little man, Don.