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.
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.
Heavy waves crash into homes in Scituate, MA, USA, 02 March 2018 (Boston Globe)
A powerful storm surge forced water from the Atlantic to pour into the streets of Boston as huge waves crashed along the Massachusetts coast in a powerful Nor’easter roaring through the American Northeast.
For the second time this year alone, businesses tried to prevent flooding by using barriers and sandbags.
The storm packed strong winds with gusts of more than 110 km/h with driving rain in coastal areas to heavy snow in upstate New York.
Power has been knocked out for millions of customers and thousands of flights have been cancelled from Maine to North Carolina.
The Maritimes has managed to escape this system which will head out to sea but not before brushing southwestern Nova Scotia with gusty winds and heavy surf.
Snow is piled high in Boston, MA, USA, 05 Jan 2018 (AP)
Much of New Brunswick was under another extreme cold warning this weekend with a near record low of -22.3 C in Greater Moncton today (record is -23.3 C from 1945) and a bone-chilling wind chill near -36.
Environment Canada is calling for temperatures to moderate this week with a return to near normal values and even above freezing temperatures by Thursday.
The Northeast United States has also been under a cold snap and the thermometer bottomed out Sunday with record lows in a number of cities including Burlington, Vermont at -29 C and Portland, Maine at -24 C.
Boston, Massachusetts tied its record low of -19 C just days after digging out from 34 cm of snow during the ‘bomb cyclone’ and being inundated with icy floodwaters from the highest tides in a century.
Snow falls in Times Square, New York City, USA , 14 Mar 2017 (AP Photo)
One of the biggest storms this winter hit the Northeast United States with snow and gusty winds creating blizzard conditions.
Snow shovellers and plows were busy in New York City where 20 cm fell forcing schools to close and disrupting both ground and air transportation.
Boston was blanketed with 15 cm snow and amounts up to 45 cm were recorded elsewhere in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York State.
Washington, DC only received a few centimetres but its near-peak and celebrated cherry blossoms were covered in ice.
The last week of winter in New Brunswick has felt more like January than March but that frigid air is about to be replaced by a powerful Nor’easter forming off the U.S. Eastern Seaboard from two low pressure systems.
Overnight temperatures plunged to -20.1 C in Greater Moncton on the weekend which is close to a record low and daytime highs remained well below freezing with dangerous wind chills as low as -35 at times.
Environment Canada says heavy snow and winds creating blowing snow will move into southwestern New Brunswick Tuesday afternoon and spread to the remainder of the province in the evening.
Snow will likely change to rain by early Wednesday with most areas of the province expected to receive up to 30 cm of snow.
Before the storm reaches the Maritimes, forecasters say the Nor’easter could drop between 30 and 50 cm of snow in the U.S. Northeast from Washington DC to New York to Boston.
A plow makes its way through heavy snow on Route 20 near Park Corner, PEI, 16 March 2015 (Facebook)
Snow records just keep on falling in the Maritimes just like the snowflakes themselves!
Saint John and Charlottetown have both broken their all-time snowfall records for a single winter season.
Moncton is also struggling during this very white and punishing winter but is still a fair distance from its record from 1974-75.
The American Northeast has been hard hit with heavy snow too and Boston, Massachusetts recently broke its winter record with 276 cm (108.6 inches).
And winter is not over yet!
The city of Boston, USA, is having a tough winter.
Over the past month, the Massachusetts capital has been hammered by a series of storms which have dumped almost 180 cm of snow breaking the previous 30-day record from 1978.
With so much snow, Boston officials are struggling to figure out where to put it all.
Much of the snow is being trucked to vacant lots where it is being melted by industrial machines.
Incidentally, the latest snowstorm in Boston had virtually no impact on mainland New Brunswick – Grand Manan Island had snow – thanks to an Arctic air mass which kept the system south of our region.
Schools were shut down for a second day in Southeast New Brunswick and few businesses chose to open after a major blizzard dumped more than 50 cm of snow on Greater Moncton by late today.
Strong winds gusting to 117 km/h created blowing and drifting snow which hampered all modes of transportation.
In the American Northeast, the blizzard packed the biggest punch in Boston with more than 60 cm of snow while about 30 cm fell in New York City prompting a rare shutdown of the public transit system and apologies from some weather forecasters who predicted even more would fall.
After a week-long mild spell dubbed “wintermission”, winter has returned to New Brunswick with cold, Arctic air back in the region and a storm on the way.
Environment Canada has issued a blizzard warning for Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick for tomorrow with up to 30 cm of snow and strong winds creating blowing and drifting snow.
The low pressure system is impacting the American Northeast today with between 15 and 30 cm of snow expected from Washington, DC to Boston.