Climate change will likely bring more snowstorms to P.E.I. over the next few decades, says a new report by the insurance industry.

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction report says while winters will be milder over the next 40 years, snow levels will probably climb 10 to 20 per cent. The number of intense winter storms is expected to go up by 15 per cent.

The report used data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

This winter has brought regular storms to the Island. Marlene Landry, manager of consumer and industry relation with the Insurance Bureau of Canada in Halifax, said this year's snow and ice conditions have caused a lot of damage.

"Collapse of roof and ice damming, those things are usually covered under home owners insurance policies," said Landry.

"But again, it can differ from company to company."

Landry said the IBC doesn't have exact numbers yet on the claims made this winter.

The report does have an upside. Avid gardeners and farmers can expect a longer growing season, with 20 more frost-free days a year.