Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers report snow falling in Labrador West, NL, 31 Aug 2017 (Twitter)
Astronomical summer may be officially over but no one expects to see snow at the start of September after a cold front pushed Arctic air southward across Eastern Canada.
With temperatures near freezing, several centimetres of snow fell in northeastern Quebec and Labrador West overnight and drivers say the roads quickly became slushy and slippery.
Greater Moncton felt autumn-like with strong gusty winds under a mostly cloudy sky and temperatures struggled to reach the high teens Celsius.
Heavy rain during thunderstorm in NE Moncton, 21 July 2017 (Dearing)
The temperature climbed to 30 C for three days in a row in Greater Moncton which is an unofficial heat wave since 32 C is the maximum by definition.
Those warm daytime highs, 30.4 C (19 July), 30.4 C (20 July) and 30.0 C (21 July), still haven’t eclipsed the season-to-date maximum of 30.8 C recorded on 11 June.
A cold front moved west to east through New Brunswick yesterday triggering scattered thunderstorms with heavy rain, gusty winds and even hail.
The heat and humidity have been replaced by a cooler, drier air mass with highs in the low 20’s C which is slightly below normal for late July.
Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, NB, 23 Oct 2016 (Dearing)
A cold front from the Great Lakes combined with a tropical low to bring rain, wind and warm temperatures to the Maritimes this weekend.
The heaviest amount of rain fell in the Halifax region with about 80 mm recorded, already-soaked Cape Breton got off relatively easily with 35 mm in Sydney.
Greater Moncton only received 16 mm of rain but winds were as gusty as 70 km/h and the temperature climbed to a balmy 20.5 C.
The hot spot in the Maritimes was in Cheticamp with a record high of 23.9 C.
Dark clouds over NE Moncton, 31 May 2016 (Dearing)
The warmest temperature so far in 2016 was recorded in Greater Moncton this afternoon with a warm high of 29.5 C – beating today’s record of 29.3 C from 1999.
But a strong cold front moved across Southeast New Brunswick which prompted Environment Canada to issue a severe thunderstorm warning shortly after 6pm.
In less than an hour, the temperature dropped nine degrees from 27 C to 18 C and hail was reported north of Moncton.
The front has ushered in much cooler temperatures with a high tomorrow of only 13 C and a risk of frost by early Thursday morning.
Beautiful pink sky at sunset in NE Moncton, 28 Sept 2015 (Dearing)
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Southern New Brunswick over the potential for significant rainfall starting mid-week.
A slow moving cold front will approach the Maritimes Tuesday night and could draw in tropical moisture from a system off the Eastern Seaboard.
Rain would begin by Wednesday afternoon with heavy downpours possible by early Thursday.
Forecasters say there is still uncertainty but long range models suggest 100 mm or more for the event.
Jones Lake area, Moncton, NB, 18 Nov 2014 (Dearing)
Southeast New Brunswick has experienced a dramatic temperature swing over the past 24 hours thanks to a double-barreled weather system which moved into the Maritimes.
Temperatures were near freezing and it was snowing in Greater Moncton yesterday afternoon but once a warm front moved through overnight, the thermometer climbed to 11 C and precipitation changed to rain.
After a brief clearing around midday, a cold front moved in and the temperature fell below freezing by early evening.
Forecasters say the region will experience below normal readings up until this weekend with another system bringing a mixed bag of precipitation by Friday.
Some leaves hang on, northwest Moncton, 28 Oct 2014 (Dearing)
After almost a week, the rain has finally stopped in Greater Moncton and southerly air will boost temperatures to almost 20 C over the next couple days.
But after the brief warm up, daytime highs will tumble this weekend as a cold front pushes into the Maritimes.
Environment Canada and several other weather outlets say we will likely see our first snowflakes of the season and possible accumulation in northwestern New Brunswick.
Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 04 Oct 2014 (Dearing)
A cold front sweeping across the Maritimes brought rain and mild temperatures to Southeast New Brunswick this weekend.
Greater Moncton had only 2 mm of rain yesterday but as much as 15 mm was in the forecast to fall by later tonight before the sky clears.
The front is heading to Newfoundland tomorrow but today the island and coastal Labrador enjoyed sunny, warm weather with the national hot spot in Stephenville at 24.4 C.
Sunny, warm fall day at Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 28 Sept 2014 (Dearing)
The first weekend of autumn felt more like summer across New Brunswick with record breaking heat in many communities.
Greater Moncton reached 28.0 C today which broke the previous record high of 25.0 C set in 1959.
Fredericton also broke a record from the same year with a high of 28.8 C.
Environment Canada says other records were broken at Bathurst reaching 28.7 C and Kouchibouguac at 28.8 C.
Miramichi and St.Stephen were the hot spots in Canada at 29.2 C.
I like many others headed to Aboiteau Beach today where even the water was warm.
But change is on the way with a cold front and showers for Monday lowering temperatures to normal and even slightly below normal before recovering on Tuesday.
Hurricane Cristobal continues to churn in the Atlantic tonight, about 450 km east-southeast of Cape Hatteras and racing northeastward toward the Grand Banks.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre says Cristobal will likely merge with a cold front moving southward over Atlantic Canada.
Forecasters say the result will be periods of heavy rain, gusty winds and fall-like temperatures for the Maritimes and Newfoundland by Friday.