Nova Scotia hit with heavy snow

Halifax Public Gardens main entrance, 08 Jan 2020 (Storyful/Accuweather)

Just days after the first major snowstorm of the season hit Nova Scotia, another low pressure system intensified as it tracked south of the province on Wednesday.

The eastern mainland and Cape Breton Island received lots of snow – more than 60 cm fell in some areas.

Southeast New Brunswick got off relatively easy with about 10 cm recorded in Greater Moncton.

Here are some snowfall totals (in cm) from 09 January at 5pm AST:

  • Pictou area – 63
  • Truro – 42
  • Ingonish Beach – 38
  • Halifax Stanfield Airport – 30
  • Dartmouth – 28
  • Sydney – 27
  • Charlottetown, PE – 23
  • Kentville – 20
  • Yarmouth – 15

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Record lows in Maritimes

We are now several weeks into the growing season and temperatures are dropping to dangerously cold lows.

Farmers are concerned about damage to crops after a cool air mass and clear skies led to a frigid low of -4 C in parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia overnight.

Greater Moncton dropped to -3.2 C early today which broke the old record of -2.2 C from 1903 and records go back to 1881.

The following new record lows were set on 04 June:

  • Kouchibouguac National Park, NB -3.8 C (records since 1924)
  • Grand Manan, NB -2.2 C (records since 1883)
  • Port Hawkesbury, NS -2.6 C (records since 1875)
  • Ingonish, NS -2.2 C (records since 1950)
  • Summerside, PEI -1.9 C (records since 1898)
  • Charlottetown, PEI -1.0 C (records since 1872)

Another winter storm wallops NB

Moncton digs out again, 18 Feb 2013 (courtesy TWN)

Moncton digs out again, 18 Feb 2013 (courtesy TWN)

Residents of Southeast New Brunswick are digging out today from the third major snowstorm in three weeks.

In Greater Moncton, precipitation began as freezing rain and ice pellets before changing to snow.

Once again the winds were a big factor with gusts as high as 95 km/h creating blowing snow and whiteouts.

Schools were closed on Monday and many businesses delayed opening until later in the day.

Precipitation fell mainly as rain in neighbouring Nova Scotia although there was a changeover to snow.

SNOWFALL AMOUNTS (includes Sunday-Monday)

Greater Moncton Airport 33 cm
Saint John 27 cm
Kouchibouguac 26 cm
Bathurst 25 cm


Ingonish Beach 77 mm
Sydney 57 mm (plus 2 cm snow)
Halifax Stanfield Airport 33 mm (plus 8 cm snow)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)