NEWS

P.E.I. cleans up after record snowstorm

02/17/2015 05:56 EST | Updated 04/19/2015 05:59 EDT
Prince Edward Islanders are being asked to stay home if they can on Tuesday after a blizzard dumped a record 86.8 centimetres of snow at Charlottetown Airport on Sunday and Monday.

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The mainland was cut off from P.E.I. for more than a day and a half, with Confederation Bridge closing entirely at 4:50 p.m. Sunday and not re-opening until 7:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Schools and government offices are shut down Tuesday in an effort to keep the roads clear so the snow can be moved.  Charlottetown Airport had to close its terminal building for part of Monday because of the snow load on the roof. The airport is reporting all flights are on time Tuesday.

Maritime Electric reports 260 customers still don't have power. Repair crews were kept off the roads most of Monday due to blizzard conditions.

Many roads and side streets are still closed, and those that are open are snow covered and slippery.

Another storm coming

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement regarding another storm expected on Thursday, and is forecasting 10 to 15 centimetres of snow. Periods of snow are also forecast for Sunday.

"This one on Thursday is passing close enough that it will have an effect on P.E.I. and Nova Scotia, not so much on New Brunswick, just some flurries for New Brunswick," said CBC meteorologist Peter Coade.

"It looks like it could be a 10- to 15-centimetre snowfall. That will clear out Thursday night so that it's sunny on Friday and sunny on Saturday and then another one on Sunday."

The snow comes on top of what has been a stormy few weeks.

On Jan. 26, Environment Canada recorded no snow on the ground at Charlottetown Airport. Since that time 258.6 centimetres of snow has fallen and there has been very little melting, with just two days where the temperature has crept above freezing.

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