Early blast of winter

Main Street East webcam, 17 Nov 2018 (City of Moncton)

Southeast New Brunswick received about 20 cm of snow from a Nor’easter giving the region its first taste of winter.

Rain or ice pellets did not mix in as forecast for Greater Moncton but the snow was wet and heavy.

Higher amounts of snow fell further north and lesser amounts along the Fundy coast, Prince Edward Island and northern Nova Scotia where more rain fell.

Snowfall totals (in cm):

  • Kouchibouguac 28
  • Bouctouche 22
  • Greater Moncton 20
  • Miramichi 14
  • Fredericton 13
  • Charlottetown 9
  • Saint John 8
  • (Data courtesy Environment Canada)
  • First snowfall warning for Southeast N.B.

    While other parts of New Brunswick have already had significant snow this fall, the first snowfall warning of the season has been issued for Greater Moncton and the Southeast region.

    Fresh from impacting Southern Ontario, Southern Quebec and the U.S. Northeast, Environment Canada says this storm will bring up to 15 cm of snow with ice pellets and rain mixing in before tapering off later tonight.

    Schools were cancelled in anticipation of the storm with snow beginning to fall by midmorning.

    Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Island are expecting 15 to 20 cm with lesser amounts for mainland Nova Scotia.

    U.S. Northeast hit by early season snow

    Snow falling in Washington, DC, USA, 15 Nov 2018 (Instagram)

    A significant November snowstorm took meteorologists by surprise yesterday when more snow fell and for longer than originally forecast.

    A Nor’easter moved up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard dropping 16 cm of snow on New York City which created commuter chaos with train delays and dozens of drivers trapped in their vehicles on treacherous highways.

    While Washington, DC only picked up about 4 cm – the biggest November snowfall in three decades – it was to take road crews by surprise and some schools were closed.

    The precipitation also included ice pellets and freezing rain with an eventual changeover to rain.

    The storm also brought between 10 and 20 cm of snow across Southern Ontario with Toronto Pearson Airport picking up 11 cm.

    The same system is now impacting the Maritimes.

    Nor’easter follows record cold

    Snow settles in NE Moncton before a changeover to rain, 28 Oct 2018 (Dearing)

    A frosty Saturday morning proved record breaking at the Greater Moncton International Airport when the thermometer plunged to -6.6°C which breaks the previous cold low from 1998 by 0.1°C.

    Frigid temperatures were also set in Edmundston at -12.2°C, Woodstock at -11.7°C and Saint John at -8.4°C with weather records going back to 1886.

    The Arctic cold was soon replaced by a low pressure system with some tropical moisture from the remnants of Hurricane Willa.

    The early season Nor’easter brought snow, ice pellets and eventually rain to the Maritimes along with gusty winds which uprooted trees in parts of New England.

    March 2018 – Stormy!

    Winter storm

    Whiteout conditions during a winter storm, west end Moncton, 08 March 2018 (Dearing)

    Although March came in like a lamb, it behaved like a lion in the days to follow with four Nor’easters over two weeks in Southeast New Brunswick.

    The first storm brought 15 cm, the second and third storms each delivered 16 cm and the fourth packed the biggest punch with 30 cm.

    By 23 March, the snow cover in Greater Moncton had reached 40 cm which was the heaviest of the winter even though it was already spring.

    Temperatures during the first half were mild averaging near the freezing point with brief cold snaps around the middle and near the end of the month.

    MARCH 2018 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)

    Average HIGH  1.3 C

    Average LOW  -4.7 C

    AVERAGE  -1.7 C (about 1.2 degrees ABOVE normal)

    Extreme HIGH  9.1 C (29 Mar)

    Extreme LOW  -15.4 C (26 Mar)

    RAINFALL  11.0 mm (almost 80 percent BELOW normal)

    SNOWFALL  102.3 cm (about 40 percent ABOVE normal)

    (Data courtesy Environment Canada)

    Nor’easter number four!


    Moncton’s west end after the latest Nor’easter, 23 March 2018 (Dearing)

    It seems a bit strange the largest single snowfall this winter in Greater Moncton actually occurred on the second full day of spring.

    Environment Canada says Southeast New Brunswick hit the snow jackpot from the fourth Nor’easter this month with more than 30 cm recorded.

    A storm on 30 January was the previous snowfall event winner with almost 25 cm.

    Strong winds were also a factor in this storm gusting at times to 82 km/h.

    Here are some other snowfall totals:

    • Kentville, NS  24 cm
    • Alma, NB  20 cm
    • Yarmouth, NS  18 cm
    • Sussex, NB  17 cm
    • Charlottetown, PEI  12 cm
    • Halifax Stanfield Airport, NS  11 cm
    • Bathurst, NB  8 cm
    • Saint John, NB  6 cm

    Another Nor’easter nails U.S. Northeast


    A snowbound U.S. Capitol building, Washington DC, 21 March 2018 (Twitter)

    The fourth snowstorm this March struck the American Northeast during the first full day of spring with its biggest fury in a stretch from Washington, DC to New York City.

    About 10 to 15 centimetres of snow fell in the American capital which was the heaviest this winter and the latest March storm since 1964.

    New York City’s Central Park recorded almost 20 cm which pushed the seasonal total above 75 cm for the fifth straight winter.

    The Nor’easter didn’t pack much of a punch for Boston – less than 5 cm – but it is heading toward the Maritimes.

    Strike number 3!


    Wet, heavy snow in NE Moncton, 14 March 2018 (Dearing)

    The third Nor’easter in a week to strike Southeast New Brunswick packed less punch than the other two despite predictions it would be the strongest.

    Temperatures remained near freezing in Greater Moncton during the snowfall which made it extremely heavy and wet and strong winds gusted to 85 km/h.

    The western and northeastern parts of the province were hardest hit from this storm.

    Snowfall totals as of 9pm ADT, 14 March:

    • Miramichi  46 cm
    • Bathurst  40 cm
    • Fredericton  38 cm
    • Saint John  27 cm
    • Greater Moncton  16 cm
    • Halifax Stanfield Airport  12 cm
    • Charlottetown  5 cm

    Peak wind gusts:

    • Grand Etang  146 km/h
    • Lunenburg  104 km/h
    • Sydney  85 km/h
    • Halifax Stanfield  83 km/h

    Winter storm 2 of 3


    Traffic on a snowy West Main Street, Moncton, 08 March 2018 (Dearing)

    The second of three winter storms in less than a week has delivered another dumping of snow but this time it was more evenly distributed throughout the Maritimes.

    The snow was heavy and wet especially in Southeast New Brunswick.

    Snow totals courtesy of Environment Canada as of 8:30am Saturday, 10 March:

    • Caraquet, 29 cm
    • Shediac, 27 cm
    • Halifax Stanfield Airport, 23 cm
    • Bathurst, 20 cm
    • Miramichi, 17 cm
    • Saint John, 17 cm
    • Truro, 17 cm
    • Greater Moncton, 16 cm
    • Summerside, 16 cm
    • Greenwood, 15 cm
    • Charlottetown, 12 cm
    • Halifax Downtown, 9 cm
    • CFB Gagetown, 7 cm

    Strong winds were also a factor with peak gusts in km/h:

    • Grand Etang, Cape Breton, 154
    • East Point, PEI, 82
    • Caraquet, 78

    Winter storms target N.B.

    Winter storm

    Whiteout conditions in the first of three winter storms, west end Moncton, 08 March 2018 (Dearing)

    The first of three successive snow events dropped 15.3 cm and slight amounts of rain on Greater Moncton yesterday.

    However, the intermission is a short one with Environment Canada issuing another snowfall warning for most of New Brunswick.

    The next low pressure system arrives tonight and will persist into Saturday with flurries still possible on Sunday as the storm stalls in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

    Up to 25 cm could fall by the time it finally leaves the province and even more is expected in northern New Brunswick.

    Monday is expected to be partly sunny before another system with more snow arrives on Tuesday.