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A plow works to clear the highway near the Charlottetown Mall on a blustry winter morning on Thursday, March 27, 2014.
Although winter is technically over, the weather continues to hit the province's finances as the Transportation Department snow clearing spending climbs about $2.5 million over budget.
Transportation Minister Robert Vessey said that number will increase because there is still more winter weather left.
"We have to continue to deal with what Mother Nature dishes out to us," he said.
Vessey said every winter is different and the department burned more fuel in government vehicles in December than it did all last season.
"Safety is always front and foremost in this department and with the hard winter there comes a cost," he said.
When it comes to next year's budget, Vessey said the department will look at the costs once they are all in.
"Until the winter's over that's hard to comment on," he said.