Snowy Highway 102 in Bedford, NS (NS Highway Cameras)
A Colorado Low tracked through the Maritimes today bringing mixed precipitation and strong winds.
The system brought the first major snowfall to Nova Scotia with 23 cm at Halifax Stanfield Airport and lesser amounts in the city but it caught drivers and plow operators off guard creating gridlock.
About 10 to 20 cm of snow also fell in central and southwestern New Brunswick where some schools closed with slippery road conditions.
Greater Moncton had a rain/snow mix this morning with 2 cm before it changed to rain.
As this system moves off to Newfoundland, brisk winds behind it will produce gusts up to 90 km/h with snow squalls expected along coastal areas.
Flooding in Fredericton, 24 Apr 2019 (GNB/Yerxa)
The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization says water levels continue to recede and are now below flood stage along most of the St. John River system.
Several roads remain closed and drivers are told to respect any barricades.
The provincial government has launched a disaster assistance program to help residents, businesses and municipalities deal with property damage from flooding.
Health officials are warning about harvesting wild, edible plants like fiddleheads near flooded waterways which may have been exposed to contaminants.
A sea of white – hail – on a Calgary highway, 23 July 2018 (Global/C. Bills)
It looked like a snowstorm in July as violent thunderstorms rolled across southern Alberta on Monday covering Calgary in golf ball-sized hail.
Traffic was snarled during the afternoon commute as drivers coped with hail piling up like snow.
By early evening, the storms had passed and Environment Canada dropped severe thunderstorm warnings for the region.
Calgary is dubbed the hailstorm capital of Canada and south central Alberta is known to be one of the worst areas of the world for thunderstorms producing damaging hail.