© Guardian photo by Heather Taweel
Snow plow operators headed out early Wednesday, getting a jump of the early morning storm in Charlottetown.
Here we go again.
Less than 24 hours after getting a heck of a lot more snow than was forecasted, Queens and Kings counties are back under snowfall warnings.
Another 15 to 20 centimetres is expected to fall tonight and into Thursday.
Prince County is expected to get off much easier. Environment Canada has that part of the province under a special weather statement, calling for some freezing rain and up to five centimetres.
And, with “periods of snow’’ in Friday’s forecast, it’s feeling a lot like December when parts of P.E.I. received more than 130 centimetres.
It all started in the early morning hours on Wednesday with what was supposed to be 5-15 centimetres in Charlottetown actually turned into 27 centimetres.
According to Environment Canada’s numbers, as of 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Cornwall and East Point were the hardest hit areas, each getting 29 centimetres of snow. Charlottetown was next at 27 with Harrington and Stratford getting 21 and 20 centimetres, respectively. Stanhope and Summerside both got 12.
Coun. Terry Bernard, chairman of Charlottetown’s public works department, said the amount of snow caught everybody off guard, especially the snow crews that were out when light snow turned into heavy snow.
“Nobody thought we were going to get 25 to 27 centimetres of snow,’’ Bernard said.
The councillor said crews reported light snow turned heavy at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. By then some of the streets in Charlottetown, including main arteries like Kensington Road, had snow piled down the middle, ready for blowers to transfer the white stuff into trucks to get hauled away.
That plan had to be abandoned when it started becoming clear that there was a lot more snow to come. And to the fact that two of the city’s blowers experienced mechanical issues and streets weren’t getting cleared as quickly as they should be . . . or cleared at all.
“Really, we went back to square one,’’ Bernard said, referring to the policy of just keeping the streets open.
That said, the city is watching the weather carefully, knowing full well what snow events in quick succession can mean.
“When you get them compounded so close together that’s where the issue comes for us. This could be (December all over again).’’