St. John River continues rising

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Areas of Saint John under voluntary evacuation, 01 May 2018 (City of Saint John)

Flooding continues in Fredericton where water levels have increased again to a point where the benchmark of 2008 was reached.

New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization is warning levels are rising along the southern region of the St. John River basin.

Residents from Jemseg and Gagetown to Quispamsis and Saint John are being told to be on high alert and expect flooding if it has occurred in the past.

Several neighbourhoods of Saint John are under a voluntary evacuation (see map above) due to flooding, road closures and rising waters along the river.

Snow vanishes!


Bare ground in west end Moncton after rain washes away snow cover, 24 Jan 2018 (Dearing)

The snow cover in Greater Moncton has disappeared after the latest storm system rolled through with mixed precipitation and mild temperatures.

Rainfall amounts varied from 20 to 70 mm across New Brunswick, up to 8 hours of freezing rain fell in Gagetown and 20 cm of snow was recorded in Bathurst and Edmundston.

Record highs for 23 January were set in Saint John at 10.4 C and St. Stephen reached 11.3 C.

Since a consistent snow cover began on 09 December in Southeast New Brunswick, the ground has been bare a couple of times for short periods.

Heavy snow hammers Maritimes


Vehicles covered in snow, NE Moncton, 08 Jan 2017 (Dearing)

An intense low pressure system is now over Newfoundland after dumping up to 40 cm of snow on parts of the Maritimes overnight.

Snowfall was heaviest over central Nova Scotia, the Annapolis Valley and Prince Edward Island.

For Greater Moncton, this storm delivered the most snow since 30 November when more than 25 cm was recorded.

Fortunately this is light, dry snow since it fell when temperatures were cold (about -10 C or so) and it is much easier to move than wet, moisture-laden snow.

As expected, northern New Brunswick got off easy this time with only 3 cm reported in Bathurst.

Snow totals as of 8am AST:

Greater Moncton Airport 22 cm

Gagetown 23 cm

Saint John Airport 21 cm

Halifax Stanfield Airport 33 cm

Halifax downtown 26 cm

Yarmouth 26 cm

Greenwood 36 cm

Sydney 27 cm

Charlottetown 35 cm

(Data courtesy Environment Canada and local estimates)

N.B. digs out from late winter wallop

Snow blower at work in NW Moncton, 13 March 2014 (Facebook)

Snow blower at work in NW Moncton, 13 March 2014 (Facebook)

Today may be calm and sunny in Greater Moncton but you haven’t been able to say that for almost two days.

A late winter storm began delivering rain Wednesday night followed by freezing rain then snow and ice pellets by Thursday morning.

The total accumulation in Moncton was about 32 cm of snow and 2 mm of rain but areas further west and north in New Brunswick got even more snow.

Gagetown received 45 cm followed closely by Bathurst at 44 cm and Fredericton with 32 cm.

Saint John only had 7 cm of snow but almost 30 mm of rain while Grand Manan had 40 mm of rain with barely any snow.

Surprise deluge!

Environment Canada was only forecasting 15 mm of rain for Moncton on Tuesday but a whopping 40 mm was recorded – almost half a month’s worth of rain in one day!

Gagetown had even more rain yesterday with 70 mm being reported.

Temperatures were also cool throughout New Brunswick with a daytime high of only 18.3°C in Fredericton – almost 10 degrees below normal for late July.

Second major storm of the season

A wintry downtown Moncton, 27 Dec 2012 (TWN)

A wintry downtown Moncton, 27 Dec 2012 (TWN)

Greater Moncton was walloped with 29.2 cm of heavy,wet snow overnight along with freezing rain and rain.

The storm also dropped 38 cm on Gagetown, 25 cm in Kouchibouguac and 22 cm in Fredericton.

Rain fell mainly along the Fundy and Atlantic coasts with 34 mm  reported on Grand Manan Island.

The same storm system buried Montreal under 45 cm of snow – a single day snow record.

Meantime, Environment Canada is tracking another system which could bring more snow and high winds to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick on Sunday.

Freezing rain for hours!

27 January 2012, courtesy Environment Canada

A storm with a mixed bag of precipitation brought a lot of freezing rain to New Brunswick with 8 hours recorded in Greater Moncton and between 9 and 10 hours in Gagetown.

In Greater Moncton, total accumulations were 9 cm of snow and 24 mm of rain while Northern New Brunswick received much more snow with 30 cm reported.

The above radar image from Environment Canada shows the band of pink (freezing rain, ice pellets) with snow to the north and rain to the south during the height of the storm.