04/29/2015 06:37 EDT | Updated 04/29/2015 08:59 EDT

Charlottetown's Winter Likely Its 'Worst' Ever


While many parts of the country revelled in double-digit weather, 17 cm of snow fell over Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Tuesday.

“It does appear we have broken the record, probably by several centimetres,” Environment Canada meteorologist Linda Libby told The Guardian.

On Wednesday, residents were given a break with a 2-3 cm snowfall. The light dusting comes after months of enduring what the paper calls the “worst winter ever.”

Since the beginning of November, Charlottetown residents have had to dig their way out of 549.6 cm of snow — that’s a whopping 18 feet of the white stuff.

It’s an unofficial record that buries the previous one set in 1971-1972. During that winter, 539 cm of snow fell.

According to CBC News, the bulk of the snow arrived in the new year. Only 13.4 cm was recorded in all of December.

But Mother Nature’s generous gift has also put a serious dent into the city’s snow removal budget.

In March, the city added two industrial-size blowers to its arsenal. Officials also asked the province for a $500,000 top off to its snow-removal budget — bringing total spending up to $2.6 million.

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