A slow moving warm front has brought precipitation and varying temperatures to the Maritimes.
About 15 cm of snow was expected in the north, while freezing rain and ice pellets fell in central areas and rain in the south.
Temperatures also ranged from well below freezing in northwestern New Brunswick to as high as 15°C in southwestern Nova Scotia.
Meantime, the thermometer has been rising in Greater Moncton over the past 24 hours with snow, ice pellets, freezing rain and now rain.
Record highs from 09 March (courtesy Environment Canada):
- Kejumkujik National Park, 14.9°C beats old record 14.3°C from 2002.
- Grand Manan Island, 10.4°C beats old record 9.9°C from 2012.
Snow falls in NE Moncton, 27 Feb 2020 (Dearing)
A major winter storm moved across Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada delivering snow, rain, freezing rain, strong winds and ice pellets.
Police told drivers to stay off the roads, many flights were grounded, schools closed and some businesses shut down.
Almost 17 cm of snow/ice pellets fell in Greater Moncton which made roads treacherous and forced the transit system to cancel service by late afternoon.
Snowfall amounts (in cm):
- Mont-Laurier, QC 49
- Pembroke, ON 34
- Gaspe, QC 25 to 45
- Ingonish Beach, NS 25
- Miramichi, NB 22
- Quebec City area 20 to 40
- Edmundston, NB 18
- Greater Moncton 17
- Ottawa 17
- Fredericton 16
- Toronto Pearson 15
- London 12
- Greater Montreal 5 to 15
- St. John’s 11
Duration of freezing rain (in hours):
- CFB Trenton 7
- Kingston 5
- Ottawa 1.5
Rainfall (in mm):
- Western Head, NS 47
- Shelburne, NS 34
Wind gusts (in km/h):
- Grand Etang, Cape Breton, NS 181
- Wreckhouse, NL 181
- Yarmouth, NS 118
- Port aux Basques, NL 123
- Quebec City 102
- Stephenville, NL 100
- Picton area, ON 101
- Sydney, NS 93
- Halifax Stanfield 89
- Toronto Billy Bishop 82
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Radar shows snow (blue), ice (red), and rain (green) at 9am 12 Jan 2020 (Microsoft Weather)
Back-to-back low pressure systems brought a messy mix of precipitation to much of the Maritimes over the weekend.
Rain began falling Saturday with a near record warm high of 11 C in Greater Moncton which melted any snow on the ground.
However, the next system brought colder temperatures and more than ten hours of ice pellets (sleet) in Southeast New Brunswick sometimes mixed with snow and freezing rain.
About 15 cm of ice pellets and snow accumulated Sunday which forecasters say is quite rare and it was certainly heavy to move.
A wintry mix falls in NE Moncton, 31 Dec 2019 (Dearing)
The same storm system which impacted Ontario and Quebec is now creating travel havoc in the Maritimes with a mixed bag of precipitation.
Snow along with ice pellets began in Southwest New Brunswick on New Year’s Eve morning and gradually spread to Greater Moncton by early afternoon.
About 14 cm of snow and ice pellets could accumulate in the Southeast before a changeover to rain around midnight as temperatures rise above freezing.
Snowfall warnings have been posted in western and northern New Brunswick with 15 to 30 cm likely with lesser amounts for Prince Edward Island and mostly rain is forecast for mainland Nova Scotia.
Moncton received 5.4 cm of snow, Saint John had 3.4 cm while about 10 cm fell in Fredericton but near 30 cm in Woodstock.
Icy slush in NE Moncton, 03 Dec 2019 (Dearing)
After exiting Ontario, a Colorado Low moved into the Maritimes bringing freezing rain and rain to Nova Scotia along with mixed precipitation to Southeast New Brunswick.
The system shut down schools in many parts of the region on Tuesday with icy roads being a major factor.
Greater Moncton had several hours of freezing rain and ice pellets mixing with snow (3 cm) and later rain (15 mm) as the temperature climbed slightly above freezing.
Northern and western New Brunswick received mostly snow with 10 cm in Fredericton, 18 cm in Miramichi and 27 cm in Woodstock.
Snow clearing for NFL game at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, USA, 01 Dec 2019 (R. Deutsch/USA Today)
A major winter storm made its way across the United States during the American Thanksgiving weekend disrupting travel plans for millions.
The massive system began on the West Coast as a bomb cyclone bringing wind gusts up to 160 km/h and heavy amounts of snow in the mountains.
Strong winds accompanied by a mixture of rain, freezing rain, ice pellets and snow fell from the Great Plains to the Midwest and into the Northeastern U.S.
Boston recorded 20 cm of snow with more than 60 cm falling in other parts of New England before the system headed to the Maritime Provinces and Newfoundland.
Highway 401 multi-vehicle crash near Kingston, ON, 01 Dec 2019 (OPP/Twitter)
A low pressure system delivered an icy mix of precipitation to Southern Ontario on Sunday with freezing rain and ice pellets turning highways and walkways into ice rinks.
Ontario Provincial Police say heavy snow shut down a section of Highway 401 near Kingston after a 30 to 40 vehicle pileup with more than a dozen injured and one fatality.
At least 500 road crashes were reported in the Greater Toronto Area and numerous flights were either cancelled or delayed at Pearson Airport.
Tens of thousands lost electricity after ice-laden tree branches fell onto power lines,
Several towns and cities were forced to cancel their Santa Claus Parades due to the extreme weather.
This has been a very snowy winter across northern New Brunswick with Edmundston and Bas-Caraquet recording 114 cm of snow on the ground as of today (06 March).
Some unofficial reports have indicated a snow depth of more than 160 cm in some mountainous areas.
Southern New Brunswick also has plenty of snow but often it has been mixed with rain, freezing rain or ice pellets which have lowered accumulations.
Greater Moncton now sits at 53 cm (the most so far this season) and snowbanks are getting high enough to cause visibility issues at some intersections.
Plenty of snow near Caraquet, NB (Village Historique Acadian/IG)
Aftermath of ice storm in NE Moncton, 08 Feb 2019 (Dearing)
February may be the shortest month but it certainly seemed a lot longer this year with bitterly cold and stormy conditions.
While January was snowy in Greater Moncton, all was quiet until the largest single snowfall of the year arrived at mid-month.
After several freeze-thaw cycles which produced icy conditions, the latter half became decidedly colder with bitter overnight lows and wind chills.
Strong winds and blowing snow created dangerous whiteout conditions during the last week wreaking havoc with transportation across New Brunswick.
FEBRUARY 2019 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH -3.5°C
Average LOW -12.9°C
AVERAGE -8.3°C (about 0.7 degrees BELOW normal)
Extreme HIGH 7.2°C (05 Feb)
Extreme LOW -18.7°C (27 Feb)
RAINFALL 25.2 mm (just slightly BELOW normal)
SNOWFALL 58.8 cm (about 10 percent BELOW normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Courtesy NB Highway Cameras, 13 Feb 2019
Lots of rain, freezing rain and ice pellets have been recorded so far this year in Southeast New Brunswick but snow has been somewhat scarce – until today.
A Colorado Low made its way across the continent this week bringing lots of snow to the American Midwest, Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec before arriving in the Maritimes.
Greater Moncton received 26 cm of snow followed by ice pellets and some freezing rain/drizzle along with strong winds which created poor visibility.
Snowfall amounts were fairly consistent across most of Nova Scotia with 22 cm at Greenwood and Halifax Stanfield Airport, 21 cm in Sydney but only 11 cm in Yarmouth.
Environment Canada says cold weather will replace the snow for late week with a brief warmup and rain expected this weekend.