Back-to-back systems batter N.B.

Freshly fallen snow in west end Moncton, 29 Nov 2018 (Dearing)

Southeast New Brunswick has been under a gloomy, grey sky all week thanks to a couple of low pressure systems.

The first one brought rain, drizzle and fog while the second brought heavy, wet snow to make this November one of the snowiest in recent memory.

Eastern New Brunswick got the brunt of the snow with Miramichi picking up a whopping 43 cm of snow while Greater Moncton had a hefty 28 cm.

Most of the snow in Nova Scotia fell over northern and eastern areas with heavy rain falling elsewhere.

Strong winds up to 89 km/h caused a storm surge along the Gulf of St. Lawrence coast.

Gusts of more than 100 km/h were reported on Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Island.

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First snow flurries of fall!

Snow squall in west end Moncton, 18 Oct 2018 (Dearing)

Low clouds and cold gusty winds across the warm Gulf of St. Lawrence and Bay of Fundy produced the first snow flurries of the season throughout the Maritimes today.

Greater Moncton actually had occasional snow squalls throughout the afternoon but there was no accumulation.

Some areas of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia did record slight amounts on the ground.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement with up to 10 cm of snow possible for the Cape Breton Highlands.

Winter storms target N.B.

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Whiteout conditions in the first of three winter storms, west end Moncton, 08 March 2018 (Dearing)

The first of three successive snow events dropped 15.3 cm and slight amounts of rain on Greater Moncton yesterday.

However, the intermission is a short one with Environment Canada issuing another snowfall warning for most of New Brunswick.

The next low pressure system arrives tonight and will persist into Saturday with flurries still possible on Sunday as the storm stalls in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Up to 25 cm could fall by the time it finally leaves the province and even more is expected in northern New Brunswick.

Monday is expected to be partly sunny before another system with more snow arrives on Tuesday.

First Nor’easter of season coming

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Courtesy Facebook/Maritime Weather Agency

A Nor’easter will track south of Nova Scotia on Sunday delivering a mixture of rain, snow and possibly freezing rain or ice pellets to much of the Maritimes.

Environment Canada says rain is expected over southeastern New Brunswick near midday Sunday before changing to snow in the afternoon and spreading northward.

Significant snowfall is possible over eastern regions of the province Sunday evening but forecasters still have some uncertainty about the exact track of this system.

Strong northeast winds will develop late Sunday over the Gulf of St. Lawrence with rough surf and high water levels along the Acadian coast and the Bay of Chaleur.

Warm September expected in N.B.

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Sunset at Parlee Beach, NB, 05 Sept 2016 (Dearing)

The warmth of summer is expected to continue well into September in Southeast New Brunswick according to Environment Canada.

Meteorologists say the waters surrounding the Maritimes (Bay of Fundy, Atlantic Ocean, Northumberland Strait and Gulf of St.Lawrence) are about 2-3 Celsius above normal for this time of year.

Warm water generates energy which will help elevate temperatures throughout the region.

Precipitation is difficult to predict at this time of year since remnants of a post-tropical storm could easily deliver a hefty rainfall in just a few hours.

Warmest winter ever in Greater Moncton

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Snow getting scarce, Jones Lake, Moncton, NB, 28 January 2016 (Dearing)

Without a doubt, December was much warmer than normal in Greater Moncton… but so was January and so was February.

Environment Canada has confirmed the three month period of meteorological winter is the warmest ever in the Moncton area since records were first kept in 1881.

Only 1958 comes even close to an average temperature of -3.7 C with the 30-year normal being -7.1 C and forecasters say a difference of 3.4 degrees is quite significant.

Precipitation was near normal with more rain and freezing rain than snow which was a far cry from the mounds of snow that piled up last winter.

A strong El Nino pattern and a lack of sea ice in the nearby Northumberland Strait and the Gulf of St. Lawrence are major factors in the record mild winter.

Major snowstorm on the way

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Radar image, 23:00, 12 January 2016 (Courtesy Bing)


An intensifying low pressure system will track across the Bay of Fundy and into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Southeast New Brunswick with snow starting overnight.

Snow at times heavy and blowing snow will make travel difficult on Wednesday.

Snowfall amounts of up to 25 centimetres are expected with winds gusting up to 70 km/h creating blowing snow and reduced visibility.

A storm surge warning has also been issued along the Northumberland Strait where high tides late Wednesday and strong winds will likely create higher than normal water levels.

Winter vs. spring – the battle begins…

Environment Canada (Canadian Ice Service), 21 March 2015

Environment Canada (Canadian Ice Service), 21 March 2015

Spring is officially here but anyone living in New Brunswick knows that now is often when the battle lines are drawn.

Cold Arctic air can linger and along with an almost ice-covered Gulf of St. Lawrence creates a cooling affect which repeatedly fights it out with warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Greater Moncton as a low pressure system intensifies tonight over the Maritimes with as much as 15 cm expected by late Sunday.

The Canadian Ice Service map shows ice is breaking up in the Gulf of St. Lawrence around Anticosti Island, Lakes Ontario and Michigan are nearly ice-free but the Labrador coast and Hudson Bay are still solidly frozen.

A tale of two cities

Photos taken 16 March 2014 (Facebook)

Photos taken 16 March 2014 (Facebook)

Moncton and Halifax are only 250 kilometres apart but as you can see by the photos above precipitation during winter storms can vary considerably.

Situated on the Atlantic coast, Halifax owes its slightly milder winter temperatures to the sea and just a few degrees Celsius can mean the difference between rain or snow.

Moncton is close to both the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of St. Lawrence which puts the city in a snow belt with passing storms often drawing moisture from both bodies of water.

Another winter storm on the way

Courtesy Accuweather.com

Courtesy Accuweather.com

The third snowstorm in just ten days is poised to hit Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick starting early Sunday morning.

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning with 20 to 30 cm of snow in the forecast along with strong winds creating blowing and drifting snow.

A storm surge warning has also been issued along the shoreline of the Gulf of St. Lawrence from Miramichi to Shediac with higher than normal water levels and rough, pounding surf.