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)
Snow falling in west end Moncton, 09 Jan 2019 (Dearing)
For the third time since the start of 2019, Southeast New Brunswick was hit with snow.
Another low pressure system initially brought snow with 21 cm recorded in Greater Moncton following briefly by ice pellets and then 5 mm of rain as the temperature climbed above freezing.
Higher amounts of snow fell in central and northern New Brunswick while more rain fell over mainland Nova Scotia with localized flooding in the Halifax region.
Environment Canada expects calmer but colder conditions over the next few days.
UPDATE – Storm summary for New Brunswick:
- Miramichi up to 55
- Caraquet up to 44
- Bathurst 28
- Kouchibouguac 28
- Shediac 27
- Alma 26
- Greater Moncton 21
- Fredericton 15
- Saint John 5
- Grand Manan 30
- Saint John 25
- Alma 19
- St. Stephen 13
- Fredericton 5
- Greater Moncton 5
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
Severe thunderstorm, Caraquet, NB, 18 May 2017 (R.Mallais/Twitter)
After a severe ice storm in February, the Acadian Peninsula has been hit with bad weather again and this time by possible tornadoes.
Environment Canada is investigating after social media showed downed power poles, partially collapsed roofs and overturned concrete last night.
Severe thunderstorms can cause straight line winds with gusts as high as 130 km/h which is the same strength as the lowest level of tornado.
NB Power is working to restore electricity for thousands in northeastern New Brunswick and it could be sometime tomorrow before full restoration occurs.
The same frontal trough of low pressure moved into Greater Moncton this afternoon creating a 9 degree temperature drop (23 C to 14 C) in less than an hour and a wind direction change from southwest to northeast.
Downtown Moncton in the distance from atop Magnetic Hill, 07 Sept 2015 (Dearing)
A record high was very close to being broken in Greater Moncton yesterday when the thermometer hit a scorching 32.0 C and the humidex peaked at 39.
The record was 32.2 C set in 1945 – close but no cigar as the saying goes!
The hotspot in New Brunswick was in Miramichi yesterday at 32.5 C and records were broken in Bouctouche and Caraquet.
After a cooler day with some much needed rain today, Environment Canada is forecasting a return to warmer weather in the mid-20s Celsius for the next couple of days.
Clear but cold in Moncton, 24 February 2015 (Dearing)
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any colder this winter… well it did.
Environment Canada says this morning’s unofficial low of -25.3 C at the Greater Moncton International Airport was cold enough to break a record.
The previous low for this date was -23.9 C from 1972.
Record lows were also broken this morning in Bouctouche, Caraquet and Point Lepreau.
Thunderstorm moves into downtown Moncton after a hot afternoon, 31 May 2013 (Dearing)
New Brunswick is experiencing its warmest day so far this year and at least eight record highs have been broken.
Environment Canada says the Greater Moncton International Airport broke a record today at 30.8°C beating the old high of 29.3°C from 1999.
Kouchibouguac, Alma, Saint John and Caraquet were among the places with new record highs today.
The hotspot in the province was Fredericton at 32.7°C.
The excessive warmth is due to a dome of high pressure working its way to the Maritimes from down in the Gulf of Mexico.
For the second day in a row, new record highs were set across New Brunswick thanks to warm air which pushed north from the Gulf of Mexico.
Greater Moncton was close but no cigar today with a high of 17.8 C and a record of 18.0 C from 1982.
Environment Canada reports many other communities did break records today:
Bouctouche 17.9 C (old record 16.4 C from 2010)
Fredericton 17.5 C (old record 17.2 C from 1982)
Caraquet 16.5 C (old record 10.5 C from 2010)