Record highs during January thaw

A collision on an icy Salisbury Road near Moncton, 11 Jan 2014 (Facebook)

A collision on an icy Salisbury Road near Moncton, 11 Jan 2014 (Facebook)

Numerous record highs have been shattered across New Brunswick during a significant January thaw.

In Greater Moncton, the thermometer reached 11.2°C today which breaks the old record of 10.7°C from 1980 and is the warmest spot in the province.

Other record highs include 10.1°C in Kouchibouguac and 10.2°C in Alma while the national warm spot was in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia with a spring-like 14.2°C.

Precipitation began as freezing rain yesterday and before the temperature rose and the rain started, roads became extremely icy across New Brunswick.

Some sections of the Trans Canada Highway were shut down after the road resembled a skating rink.

UPDATE – Strong winds gusting to more than 100 km/h were reported in parts of Nova Scotia which brought down tree branches and destroyed many signs in the Halifax area.

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