Winter returns to the U.K.

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Snow covers a vehicle in Aviemore, Scotland, UK, 25 April 2017 (BBC Weather)


Arctic air has enveloped the United Kingdom with heavy snow in Scotland and northern England and near freezing temperatures as far south as London.

Forecasters say snow in late April is not uncommon and actually fell over parts of the country around the same time last year.

Temperatures struggled to reach 10 C today after a hard frost early this morning.

This cold snap is a far cry from record breaking heat earlier this month when the thermometer climbed to 26 C in southern England and a mild March which was the fifth warmest ever for the U.K.

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Another rollercoaster ride!

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The January wolf moon over downtown Moncton, 11 Jan 2017 (Dearing)

Greater Moncton is experiencing another see-saw temperature pattern this week.

After the thermometer fell to -23.2 early Tuesday (coldest yet this winter and coldest since February 2015), a Colorado Low brought milder air and rain to Southeast New Brunswick today with a balmy high of 7.7 C.

But an Arctic air mass is pushing in again by the weekend and Environment Canada says a drop to -19 C is forecast by early Saturday.

By early next week, temperatures are set to get warmer again and climb above freezing.

Brief Arctic Blast

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Courtesy The Weather Network

The wind chill was so bitterly cold in Greater Moncton early this morning, it felt more like -35 as the temperature fell to -22 C.

However, the Arctic blast will be short-lived as a Colorado Low approaches the Maritimes with snow, rain and milder temperatures.

Environment Canada is forecasting highs of 8 C by later this week in Southeast New Brunswick.

But by the weekend, temperatures will plummet once again with a low of -16 C expected by early Saturday morning.

Canada’s Top 10 of 2016

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RCMP officer in burnt neighbourhood, Fort McMurray, AB, 05 May 2016 (Alberta RCMP)

From the horrible wildfires which destroyed parts of Fort McMurray, Alberta to the winter that wasn’t to a warm, dry summer which led to drought in areas of Eastern Canada, 2016 was certainly noteworthy for major weather events.

  1. Fort McMurray’s “Fire Beast”
  2. Super El Niño Cancels Winter – 2nd warmest Canada-wide ever
  3. August Long Weekend Storm on the Prairies… Big and Costly
  4. A Summer to Remember in the East
  5. November’s Heat Wave and December’s Deep Freeze
  6. Arctic Sea Ice Going, Going… Break-up earlier/Freeze-up later
  7. Wild Summer Prairie Weather
  8. A Tale of Two Springs – Cold East and Warm West
  9. Thanksgiving Day Atlantic Weather Bomb
  10. Southwest Ontario’s $100 Million September Gusher                                               (Courtesy Environment Canada)

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.

Heavy snow falls in western NB

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Snowy scene along TCH near Perth-Andover, NB, 16 May 2016 (NB Hwy Cams)


With a cold, intermittent rain shower, the thermometer barely reached 7 C at midday in Greater Moncton and with strong winds gusting near 70 km/h, the wind chill made it feel more like -3 C.

Did I mention it was the middle of May and it also snowed today in western New Brunswick and in the neighbouring State of Maine?

Up to 20 centimetres of snow fell over Carleton and Victoria Counties thanks to a blast of Arctic air and a low pressure system moving through the region.

Forecasters say temperatures will improve as the week goes on with highs near the seasonal mark of 17 C by Thursday.

Snow! No! Not at the end of April!

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Dusting of snow sticks to cold surfaces in NE Moncton, 28 April 2016 (Dearing)


After receiving less than half a centimetre of snow this April in Greater Moncton, a dusting of snow fell just two days before month end.

Temperatures have been chilly this week in New Brunswick with a few record lows broken – Moncton was close at -5.5 C on 26 April.

The jet stream has taken a southern dip over Eastern Canada allowing cold Arctic air to sink south.

But forecasters say more seasonal weather is coming as we begin the month of May.

Coldest air of the season

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A view of Toronto from Lake Ontario, 13 Feb 2016 (Toronto Star)

The coldest shot of winter 2015-16 has enveloped New Brunswick with an early morning low of -21.0 C in Greater Moncton and as frigid as -32 C in central and northern parts of the province.

Wind chills could drop as low as -35 by Monday morning.

The Arctic dome of air has also led Environment Canada to issue extreme cold warnings for much of Ontario, Quebec, Labrador and all of New Brunswick except the Southeast and Fundy coast.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates health risks such as frost bite and hypothermia.