P.E.I. cleaning up spring snowfall, and could see more on weekend

A snowplow at work in Charlottetown early Friday morning. (Kevin Yarr/CBC - image credit)
A snowplow at work in Charlottetown early Friday morning. (Kevin Yarr/CBC - image credit)

An overnight snowfall has left a mess for Islanders to clean up Friday morning, and the forecast suggests spring snow isn't done with the Island yet.

Snowfall warnings ended before 5 a.m. The amount that fell varied quite a bit around the province: as little as eight centimetres in Crapaud and as much as 22 centimetres in Bonshaw.

"This is not, certainly, a fluffy, light snow so it didn't stack up very high, but there's a lot of it," said CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland.

"It will feel very heavy to clear on your shovel."

Jay Scotland/CBC
Jay Scotland/CBC

Children out of school for parent-teacher interviews Friday will find the snow is good for making snowmen, Scotland noted.

Morning flights out of Charlottetown were cancelled. Some later Air Canada flights between Charlottetown and Toronto were also cancelled.

Provincial government offices, Holland College campuses and some businesses delayed opening to allow for the cleanup.

Road conditions

In the pre-dawn hours road conditions were sketchy across the province.

At 6 a.m. Queens County plow dispatchers said they hope to have the roads mostly cleared by daylight. Kings County dispatchers reported snow is still coming down heavily. Roads were still icy and snow-covered and they advised motorists to slow down. In Prince County the snow is heavy and wet and there is some ice on the roads. Snowfall continues to be an issue there as well. Conditions Up West are particularly bad.

Flurries are forecast to continue through the day, with another couple of centimetres of snow expected.

Saturday will be more spring-like, with some sunshine and a high of 4 C, though a northwest wind could make it feel cooler.

Then, come Sunday ...

"Yes, there is more snow on the way," said Scotland.

"There's the potential we could be looking at somewhere similar to what we saw last night."

That forecast is still subject to change, he said.