Heavy rain, wind after record highs

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Tree downed in key intersection of downtown Moncton, 09 June 2017 (Wade Perry/Twitter)

A low pressure system moved into the Maritimes today bringing up to 40 mm of rain to Greater Moncton.

A strong thunderstorm also rolled through Southeast New Brunswick in the early evening with wind speeds clocked as high as 102 km/h.

The brief but powerful gusts downed trees and branches onto power lines and caused thousands of power outages.

Environment Canada had not issued any weather warnings for the region.

The storm replaced a warm air mass which set record highs in at least four New Brunswick communities yesterday.

The hotspot was Kouchibouguac National Park which climbed to 32 C and that beats the maximum from 1992.

Moncton and Doaktown both tied their record highs of 30.6 C for the date.

Coldest weather in 40 years

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A cold late afternoon in downtown Moncton, 16 Dec 2016 (Facebook)

An Arctic air mass has lowered temperatures in Southeast New Brunswick to their coldest levels for mid-December since the early 1970s.

The thermometer dropped below -20°C  over the last two days in Greater Moncton settling at -22.1°C this morning with a bitter wind chill of -35.

The record for this date is -26.1°C from 1943.

Environment Canada is forecasting a sharp temperature rise overnight and tomorrow.

Extreme Cold Warning for N.B.

arcticairEnvironment Canada is advising on how to avoid frostbite and hypothermia with Southeast New Brunswick under an extreme cold warning.

A bitterly cold Arctic air mass will move across the province Thursday and into Friday.

Temperatures are expected to drop below -20°C by Friday morning with winds gusting from 40 to 60 km/h behind a deepening low pressure system.

Wind chill values are expected to fall below -35 for the early part of Friday.

First snow in Vancouver since 2014

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A snowy downtown Vancouver, BC, 05 Dec 2016 (Instagram)


Between 5 and 10 centimetres of snow fell on Greater Vancouver during the morning commute today which created havoc on highways and bridges.

Vancouverites haven’t seen snow for at least 1,000 days when the last significant amount was recorded at the airport on 24 February, 2014.

An Arctic air mass is to blame for the snow and cold with Environment Canada showing temperatures barely climbing above freezing this week.

A weather statement has been issued indicating more snow could fall in Vancouver on Thursday.

Frost advisory for most of N.B.

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A hint of fall colour in Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, 24 Sept 2016 (Dearing)

Autumn only began a few days ago but it is already feeling fall-like and a frost advisory has been issued for most of New Brunswick.

Environment Canada says a cold air mass will remain over the province with overnight low temperatures approaching zero in some areas.

Frost is expected to be more significant in low lying areas away from coastal waters.

Incidentally, the average first frost date in the fall is 27 September.

The low in Greater Moncton this morning was 2.8 C with patchy frost reported.

UPDATE: On Sunday morning, the temperature fell to 1.8 C.