February 2013 – Lots of snow!

Quiet during blizzard in downtown Moncton, 09 Feb 2013 (Dearing photo)

Quiet during blizzard in downtown Moncton, 09 Feb 2013 (Dearing photo)

Snow kept piling up in Southeast New Brunswick during February 2013 as one winter storm after another pounded the region.

If it wasn’t a blizzard, it was a Nor’easter with major snow events on the 17-18 February with 33 cm and 9-10 February with 40 cm.

With little rain and no real warmth for melting, the snow stuck around making for high snowbanks in Greater Moncton.

But apart from a brief cold spell early in the month, overall temperatures were relatively mild with many daytime highs near or slightly above freezing.

FEBRUARY 2012 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)

Average HIGH -2.1°C

Average LOW -10.6°C

AVERAGE -6.4°C (about 1.6°C above the 30-year-average)

Extreme HIGH 6.3°C (16 Feb)

Extreme LOW -24.0°C (08 Feb)

Snowfall 130.0 cm (approximately; almost twice the average)

Rainfall 10.0 mm (approximately; well below average)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada and wunderground.com)

Another winter storm coming

Courtesy Accuweather.com

Courtesy Accuweather.com

Environment Canada issued a winter storm watch for Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick today with 5-10 cm possible along with freezing drizzle.

This is in response to a storm system affecting the American Midwest and Southern Ontario which is now heading our way.

Chicago saw its heaviest snow in a snow-drought season at 12 cm while amounts in the Toronto area ranged from 6-17 cm with rain mixed in.

As it stands now, Southwest New Brunswick is expected to see the most snow from this storm with 20-30 cm in the forecast.

I’m skeptical about this since storms this winter have dumped the most snow on Southeast New Brunswick.

A messy mix

Slushy streets in Moncton, 20 Feb 2013 (courtesy TWN)

Slushy streets in Moncton, 20 Feb 2013 (courtesy TWN)

Almost all forms of precipitation fell from from the sky in Greater Moncton this week.

On Wednesday, it started out raining and about 2 mm fell before it changed to freezing rain for several hours which made for an icy and slushy mess.

Later the precipitation changed to snow and it fell both lightly and heavily from Wednesday afternoon to Friday evening for an additional 22 cm.

In total, Greater Moncton now has about 70 cm of snow on the ground.

Incidently, the same system brought heavy amounts of snow to Northern New Brunswick where Bathurst was buried in almost 70 cm of snow.

But local officials say the the snow will benefit the snowmobile and skiing industries.

(Data courtesy of Environment Canada)

Another winter storm wallops NB

Moncton digs out again, 18 Feb 2013 (courtesy TWN)

Moncton digs out again, 18 Feb 2013 (courtesy TWN)

Residents of Southeast New Brunswick are digging out today from the third major snowstorm in three weeks.

In Greater Moncton, precipitation began as freezing rain and ice pellets before changing to snow.

Once again the winds were a big factor with gusts as high as 95 km/h creating blowing snow and whiteouts.

Schools were closed on Monday and many businesses delayed opening until later in the day.

Precipitation fell mainly as rain in neighbouring Nova Scotia although there was a changeover to snow.

SNOWFALL AMOUNTS (includes Sunday-Monday)

Greater Moncton Airport 33 cm
Saint John 27 cm
Kouchibouguac 26 cm
Bathurst 25 cm

RAINFALL AMOUNTS

Ingonish Beach 77 mm
Sydney 57 mm (plus 2 cm snow)
Halifax Stanfield Airport 33 mm (plus 8 cm snow)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Winter storm warning in effect

Courtesy Accuweather.com

Courtesy Accuweather.com

Just one week after a Nor’easter hit New Brunswick comes another storm system which is packing mixed precipitation and more strong winds.

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick.

Rain is expected to begin tonight changing to snow and ice pellets with a chance of freezing rain.

Snow will continue on Sunday with amounts expected to be in the range of 10 to 20 cm.

The winds will also pick up gusting to 80 km/h creating blowing snow and whiteout conditions.

An additional 10 to 15 cm of snow could fall Sunday night before the storm finally moves away on Monday.

Blizzard snowfall totals

A car buried in snow in Massachusetts, USA (Accuweather.com)

A car buried in snow in Massachusetts, USA (Accuweather.com)

The so-called Blizzard of 2013 was significant not only for the heavy snow it dumped on an area from Ontario to the Northeastern United States to Atlantic Canada but also for the high winds which created whiteout conditions.

Some blizzard snowfall totals:

ATLANTIC CANADA

Greenwood, NS 51 cm
Sydney, NS 41 cm
Moncton, NB (Airport) 40 cm
Charlottetown, PEI 30 cm
Halifax, NS (Airport) 27 cm
St. John’s, NL 20 cm

ONTARIO

Waterloo 40 cm
Orillia 39 cm
Toronto (Pearson Airport) 30 cm
Trenton 30 cm
Toronto (Island Airport) 25 cm
Ottawa 17 cm

NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES

Hamden, CT 102 cm
Portland, ME 81 cm
Boston, MA (Logan Airport) 63 cm
Concord, NH 61 cm
Yonkers, NY 58 cm
Providence, RI 43 cm
New York, NY (Central Park) 29 cm
Newark, NJ (Airport) 25 cm

(Totals courtesy Environment Canada and Accuweather.com)

Blizzard barrels into NB

Quiet during blizzard in downtown Moncton, 09 Feb 2013 (Dearing photo)

Quiet during blizzard in downtown Moncton, 09 Feb 2013 (Dearing photo)

After wreaking havoc in Southern Ontario and the Northeastern United States yesterday, a powerful Nor’easter is pummelling Southeast New Brunswick today where a blizzard warning remains in effect.

Environment Canada says as much as 30 cm could fall by tomorrow with strong, gusty winds to 90 km/h causing whiteout conditions.

In Greater Moncton, transit buses have been cancelled for the day, numerous flights have been cancelled and highway travel is not recommended unless absolutely necessary.

UPDATE – Snowfall total for 9 February at Greater Moncton International Airport was 34.4 cm beating the old record of 26.4 cm from 1945. The peak wind gust was 94 km/h.

Cold before the storm

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any colder this winter in Greater Moncton – it did.

The low this morning was -24.0°C which beat last month’s low of -23.2°C – but still a few degrees away from the 1950 record of -27.8°C.

The frigid cold comes ahead of a Nor’easter expected early tomorrow and a blizzard warning is in effect for Southeast New Brunswick.

Nor’easter coming

Courtesy The Weather Network

Courtesy The Weather Network

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm watch for New Brunswick in the wake of a Nor’easter which is expected to arrive on Saturday.

Heavy snow and strong northeast winds creating blowing snow are in the forecast as a low pressure system tracks from Cape Hatteras to south of Nova Scotia.

Snowfall amounts for Greater Moncton are still a bit uncertain but anywhere from 10 to 30 cm of snow could fall.