A snowy sidewalk in Calgary, 27 April 2019 (Instagram/machadogiselia)
A strong low pressure system brought snow and strong winds to Alberta creating poor visibility and even thunderstorms and a possible tornado were reported.
Emergency officials scrambled to respond to more than 120 road crashes in Calgary on Sunday due to slippery, treacherous conditions after about 15 cm snow fell.
The spring blizzard continued to move across the Prairies where it dumped up to 45 cm on southwestern Saskatchewan including the Cypress Hills area.
The storm crossed into Manitoba with as little as 5 cm in the southeast to about 30 cm in the southwest.
Creek Road near Sussex, NB is washed out by flooding, 25 Jan 2019 (SussexArea/Facebook)
It’s been quite a week for stormy weather in New Brunswick.
The latest system brought heavy rain and a period of freezing rain to the province.
Ice-clogged storm drains caused the water to backup turning streets into rivers in areas such as downtown Moncton.
Municipalities were urging residents to help public works crews by trying to clear drains near their homes.
Mild temperatures contributed to snowmelt and the added rush of water was enough to washout some roads and bridges.
Strong winds along the coast also gusted to more than 100 km/h.
Rainfall amounts (mm):
- Mechanic Settlement 68
- Miramichi 61
- Sussex area 55
- Kouchibouguac 44
- Fredericton 34
- Saint John 25
- Moncton 13
Radar image captured at 23hrs, 19 Jan 2019 (Bing maps)
A strong winter storm will track across the Maritimes Sunday bringing a mixed bsg of precipitation to Southeast New Brunswick.
Snow at times heavy will begin in the morning changing to ice pellets and freezing rain by noon and eventually to rain later in the afternoon.
Greater Moncton is expecting about 20 cm snow, 20 mm of rain and possibly several hours of ice accumulation.
Strong winds will develop giving reduced visibility in blowing snow with gusts reaching 80 km/h along the Fundy coast.
Conditions may not improve until Monday afternoon as the storm moves eastward.
Snow falling in west end Moncton, 09 Jan 2019 (Dearing)
For the third time since the start of 2019, Southeast New Brunswick was hit with snow.
Another low pressure system initially brought snow with 21 cm recorded in Greater Moncton following briefly by ice pellets and then 5 mm of rain as the temperature climbed above freezing.
Higher amounts of snow fell in central and northern New Brunswick while more rain fell over mainland Nova Scotia with localized flooding in the Halifax region.
Environment Canada expects calmer but colder conditions over the next few days.
UPDATE – Storm summary for New Brunswick:
- Miramichi up to 55
- Caraquet up to 44
- Bathurst 28
- Kouchibouguac 28
- Shediac 27
- Alma 26
- Greater Moncton 21
- Fredericton 15
- Saint John 5
- Grand Manan 30
- Saint John 25
- Alma 19
- St. Stephen 13
- Fredericton 5
- Greater Moncton 5
Heavy snow falling in NE Moncton, 05 Jan 2019 (Dearing)
A low pressure system moved across the Maritimes heading to Newfoundland bringing snow to the west and rain to the east.
Greater Moncton received about 14 cm of snow by the time it stopped late this morning.
The temperature will plummet tonight with cold northwesterly winds.
Forecasters are watching the next weather system now making its way across the country with more snow expected on Wednesday.
About 12 cm snow fell in Moncton on New Year’s Day, 01 Jan 2019 (Dearing)
New Year’s Eve celebrations were just getting started in Greater Moncton when snow flurries began falling from the latest low pressure system moving through the region.
By the time the snow stopped late this afternoon about 12 cm had fallen in Southeast New Brunswick with higher amounts toward the north and east.
Rain had been expected but the temperature never climbed above freezing as forecast.
In the wake of the storm, strong northwesterly winds will usher in frigid air creating windchill values near minus 30 and a risk of frostbite.
Icy conditions at Cap-Pele Harbour, 29 Dec 2018 (Dearing)
A low pressure system from Quebec moved across New Brunswick Friday and into Saturday bringing a mixed bag of precipitation.
Snow began in Greater Moncton by late afternoon which later changed to ice pellets and then freezing rain followed by rain as the temperature climbed above freezing.
After 9 cm snow, 2.5 hours freezing rain and about 7 mm rain, some of the snow melted but by early evening, the thermometer dropped below freezing again which led to ice.
While this may be the last major weather event of 2018, Environment Canada is forecasting another system bringing snow or rain for New Year’s Day.
The historic Algonquin Resort after a rainstorm, St. Andrews, NB, 22 Dec 2018 (Dearing)
Although it has felt like winter for weeks now, the solstice officially arrived in New Brunswick at 6:23pm AST Friday.
Oddly enough the weather now feels more like spring with a high of 10.1 C on Friday and 12.8 C today in Greater Moncton thanks to southerly winds and heavy rain from an intense low pressure system.
But the warmth will be short-lived as winds change direction to northwesterly behind the system and temperatures will fall below freezing on Sunday.
Rainfall amounts as of 22 December at 12pm AST:
- Mechanic Settlement 92 mm
- St. Andrews 79 mm
- Grand Manan 73 mm
- Alma 60 mm
- Fredericton 51 mm
- Saint John Airport 42 mm
- Miramichi 31 cm
- Greater Moncton about 20 mm
Reservoir at Irishtown Nature Park, 16 Dec 2018 (Dearing)
More than 24 hours after it started, snow finally stopped falling in Southeast New Brunswick and a slow moving low pressure system headed to western Newfoundland.
Greater Moncton picked up between 20 and 25 cm and schools in the region were closed for two days.
Higher amounts of snow fell in western New Brunswick, western Prince Edward Island and the Cape Breton Highlands.
Environment Canada says the next major weather should arrive Friday with warm, moist air boosting temperatures and bringing significant rainfall.
Ogilvie Brook, Irishtown Nature Park, 16 Dec 2018 (Dearing)
The first half of December has been cold in Southeast New Brunswick and relatively calm but that is about to change.
Environment Canada says a slow moving low pressure system will bring rain and snow to most of the Maritimes.
The snow will begin Monday afternoon in Greater Moncton and continue into Tuesday with up 20 cm in total expected.
The latest storm follows three days with above freezing temperatures after a lengthy early winter cold snap.