(Courtesy City of Moncton, 06 Jan 2016)
El Nino has undoubtedly played a role in a milder than normal January in Southeast New Brunswick with less stormy conditions and below average snowfall.
Greater Moncton had three snow events during the month (3-4 Jan, 13 Jan, 29-30 Jan) which delivered 54 cm and typically about 78 cm falls.
The monthly average temperature was a relatively balmy -6.1 C which is roughly 2.8 degrees above normal.
JANUARY 2016 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)
Average HIGH -2.0 C
Average LOW -10.1 C
AVERAGE -6.1 C (about 2.8 degrees ABOVE average)
Extreme HIGH 9.0 C (11 Jan)
Extreme LOW -20.9 C (05 Jan)
Snowfall 53.6 cm (about 30 percent BELOW average)
Rainfall 23.8 mm (slightly BELOW average)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
A Nor’easter barely brushed Southeast New Brunswick with about 12 cm of snow in Greater Moncton.
Halifax, the eastern shore of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island bore the brunt of the storm in the Maritimes with up to 30 cm of snow and blowing snow.
But central Newfoundland got nailed by the Nor’easter with almost 60 cm of snow in the Gander area with strong winds creating whiteout conditions.
A low pressure system from the Great Lakes will merge with a low moving up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard to form a Nor’easter.
The storm will brush the Maritimes tomorrow bringing heavy snow to eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton.
Southeast New Brunswick could receive up to 10 cm of snow but Environment Canada is suggesting more could fall depending on the track of the storm.
Snow getting scarce near Jones Lake, Moncton, NB, 28 Jan 2016 (Dearing)
After 14 consecutive days with below freezing temperatures in Southeast New Brunswick, a brief January thaw was welcome.
The thermometer reached 6.7 C in Greater Moncton yesterday and climbed to 5.7 C today before a steady drop in late afternoon.
But a cool down may be short-lived since Environment Canada is calling for a mild start to February.
Cross country skiing at U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC, USA, 23 Jan 2016 (AP)
More than 60 cm (2 feet) of snow fell in a narrow band of the Northeast U.S. from West Virginia to Cape Cod in the so-called Blizzard of 2016.
Major cities were buried in snow including New York City’s Central Park with 68 cm (just shy of an all-time record), Philadelphia with 57 cm (which surpasses an entire average winter snowfall) and Washington Dulles Airport with 74 cm.
Wind gusts were reported at more than 80 km/h in many areas.
Forecasters say another storm system could impact the region later this week which may also affect Atlantic Canada.
A major winter storm is threatening to bring life to a standstill in the northeastern United States this weekend from Washington, DC to New York City.
Forecasters say the storm will also affect the southern Appalachian Mountains and brush southern New England.
Winds and the rate of snowfall will increase as the storm progresses from late Friday until early Sunday.
New Brunswick will escape this storm but southern Nova Scotia could pick up some snow.
Worker creates ice rink at Moncton City Hall Plaza, 18 January 2016 (City of Moncton)
An Arctic high is sitting over the Maritimes this week bringing mostly clear skies and cold temperatures.
Greater Moncton is not expected to climb above freezing this week with lows falling to -15 C.
Forecasters are also eyeing a storm system which could bring another round of snow to New Brunswick this weekend.
The latest winter storm to impact the Maritimes barely touched New Brunswick but battered Nova Scotia especially the Halifax region.
Almost 40 cm of snow was recorded near the Atlantic coast with nearly 30 cm in the Annapolis Valley.
Greater Moncton was left unscathed this time with less than 2 cm of snow.
A snow covered highway near Oromocto NB, 13 January 2016 (Twitter)
The most powerful winter storm of the season to date dropped almost 40 cm of snow in the Fredericton area and brought strong winds gusting up to 70 km/h in eastern New Brunswick.
Highway travel was considered hazardous throughout the province and RCMP urged drivers to stay home if possible.
Schools shut down and many businesses either closed for the day or opened in late afternoon.
Greater Moncton reported almost 30 cm of snow and winds gusting up to 60 km/h.
Radar image, 23:00, 12 January 2016 (Courtesy Bing)
An intensifying low pressure system will track across the Bay of Fundy and into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Southeast New Brunswick with snow starting overnight.
Snow at times heavy and blowing snow will make travel difficult on Wednesday.
Snowfall amounts of up to 25 centimetres are expected with winds gusting up to 70 km/h creating blowing snow and reduced visibility.
A storm surge warning has also been issued along the Northumberland Strait where high tides late Wednesday and strong winds will likely create higher than normal water levels.