Tree downed in key intersection of downtown Moncton, 09 June 2017 (Wade Perry/Twitter)
A low pressure system moved into the Maritimes today bringing up to 40 mm of rain to Greater Moncton.
A strong thunderstorm also rolled through Southeast New Brunswick in the early evening with wind speeds clocked as high as 102 km/h.
The brief but powerful gusts downed trees and branches onto power lines and caused thousands of power outages.
Environment Canada had not issued any weather warnings for the region.
The storm replaced a warm air mass which set record highs in at least four New Brunswick communities yesterday.
The hotspot was Kouchibouguac National Park which climbed to 32 C and that beats the maximum from 1992.
Moncton and Doaktown both tied their record highs of 30.6 C for the date.
Sunset in Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, 18 March 2017 (Dearing)
A low pressure system from Quebec tracking eastward into New Brunswick was originally expected to be a blizzard but Environment Canada downgraded that warning to a blowing snow advisory late today.
After reaching a high of 5 C by afternoon in Greater Moncton, the thermometer dropped below freezing by evening and rain changed to snow.
Strong, gusty winds will create blowing snow with 10 cm possible before conditions improve tomorrow.
Wind chills will be unseasonably cold over the next 24 hours with values as low as -27 C.
Snow falls in Times Square, New York City, USA , 14 Mar 2017 (AP Photo)
One of the biggest storms this winter hit the Northeast United States with snow and gusty winds creating blizzard conditions.
Snow shovellers and plows were busy in New York City where 20 cm fell forcing schools to close and disrupting both ground and air transportation.
Boston was blanketed with 15 cm snow and amounts up to 45 cm were recorded elsewhere in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York State.
Washington, DC only received a few centimetres but its near-peak and celebrated cherry blossoms were covered in ice.
Aftermath of Blizzard 2017 in Fredericton, 14 Feb 2017 (Facebook)
A monster blizzard packing winds of more than 100 km/h and dumping upwards of 80 cm of snow over the Maritimes has moved into Newfoundland.
Greater Moncton recorded about 40 cm of snow and had a peak wind gust of almost 70 km/h.
The Fredericton area received the most snow from this storm with about 80 cm while Grand Etang on Cape Breton Island had a peak wind gust of almost 150 km/h.
Emergency management officials closed highways to police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances only.
Blizzard conditions persisted for at least 15 hours in some areas.
Other snowfall totals:
Halifax Stanfield Airport 54 cm
Greenwood, NS 61 cm
Charlottetown 40 cm
Saint John Airport 39 cm
Trying to scrape car of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain, NE Moncton, 04 Jan 2017 (Dearing)
Four types of precipitation fell in Southeast New Brunswick in less than 12 hours after a low pressure system over the U.S. Eastern Seaboard tracked into the Maritimes.
Greater Moncton recorded 2 cm of snow/ice pellets, 12 mm of rain and almost 3 hours of freezing rain.
More snow fell in central and northern New Brunswick with 12 cm in Fredericton and 14 cm in Bathurst.
In Nova Scotia, the Halifax Stanfield Airport received almost 30 mm of rain and strong winds gusted to more than 140 km/h over Cape Breton Island.
Part of a trampoline blew into power lines, Quispamsis, NB, 30 Dec 2013 (NB Power/Twitter)
Strong winds with gusts of more than 100 km/h in parts of New Brunswick knocked out power to more than 20,000 customers at the peak of the storm.
The so-called “weather bomb” resulted after two low pressure systems – one from the west and the other from the south – merged over the Maritimes.
Nova Scotia got pounding rain, wind and rough surf while New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had a combination of snow, rain and gusty winds.
Greater Moncton received about 5 cm snow and 10 mm of rain along with wind gusts up to 89 km/h bringing down tree many branches.
Environment Canada is advising on how to avoid frostbite and hypothermia with Southeast New Brunswick under an extreme cold warning.
A bitterly cold Arctic air mass will move across the province Thursday and into Friday.
Temperatures are expected to drop below -20°C by Friday morning with winds gusting from 40 to 60 km/h behind a deepening low pressure system.
Wind chill values are expected to fall below -35 for the early part of Friday.
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.
NB daytime highs from Environment Canada, 14 July 2016
Greater Moncton has yet to reach 30 C this summer but warm, breezy conditions pushed the daytime high to 29 C today with winds gusting up to 72 km/h.
Many other New Brunswick locations surpassed 30 C with Bathurst climbing to 33 C which was the hot spot in Canada.
Temperatures were cooler along the Fundy coast with a maximum of 20 C in Saint John and 23.4 C on Grand Manan Island.
Snowy scene along TCH near Perth-Andover, NB, 16 May 2016 (NB Hwy Cams)
With a cold, intermittent rain shower, the thermometer barely reached 7 C at midday in Greater Moncton and with strong winds gusting near 70 km/h, the wind chill made it feel more like -3 C.
Did I mention it was the middle of May and it also snowed today in western New Brunswick and in the neighbouring State of Maine?
Up to 20 centimetres of snow fell over Carleton and Victoria Counties thanks to a blast of Arctic air and a low pressure system moving through the region.
Forecasters say temperatures will improve as the week goes on with highs near the seasonal mark of 17 C by Thursday.