Cross country skiing near US Capitol, Washington, DC, USA, 13 Jan 2018 (Twitter/Nathanaj80)
A major winter storm brought heavy snow and mixed precipitation from the American Midwest to the mid-Atlantic states over the weekend.
The snow began falling in Kansas and Missouri with some areas getting almost 50 cm.
The storm knocked out power, disrupted air travel and created slippery highways with numerous collisions including an Illinois crash which killed a police officer.
Freezing rain led to a build-up of ice on surfaces in North Carolina and Virginia.
Between 15 and 30 cm of snow fell over the Washington, DC area – its heaviest snowfall in three years – which closed schools and federal government offices on Monday.
Forecasters say melting during the day would create hazardous black ice after sunset as temperatures fell back below freezing.
The storm system has moved out into the Atlantic but will brush Cape Breton Island and eastern Newfoundland on Tuesday.
Despite chilly weather, snowbanks are melting in NE Moncton, 16 April 2018 (Dearing)
Mid-April is here already but temperatures certainly haven’t been improving very much lately in New Brunswick.
Overnight lows continue to be abnormally cold with records set on Sunday, 15 April.
Greater Moncton fell to -9.1 C which breaks a record low of -8.6 C from 1981.
New records were also set in Bouctouche at -8.6 C and Miscou Island at -9.3 C.
Kay Road is washed out by flooding in McKees Mills, Kent County, NB, 14 Jan 2018 (91.9 The Bend/Facebook)
Heavy rain and fast melting snow from the weekend storm swelled rivers and streams throughout Southern New Brunswick.
Floodwaters swept away culverts and damaged bridges including the historic covered Bell Bridge which crews say is beyond repair and will be torn down.
Washouts and severe erosion forced the Department of Transportation to close dozens of roads and reduce others to one lane.
Residents have been urged to report storm damage to the provincial Emergency Measures Organization and contact their insurance companies for losses.
Budding trees in Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, 30 April 2017 (Dearing)
Spring seldom arrives on time in New Brunswick and this year is no exception even though April was actually warmer than normal in Greater Moncton.
The month can be broken into four segments – cold in the beginning, then warm, turning cold again and finally warm again near the end.
A consistent snow cover began on 27 November and disappeared briefly in late January before finally melting for the season by 10 April.
Precipitation overall was below average with much less snow than normal.
APRIL 2017 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH 10.5 C
Average LOW -0.8 C
AVERAGE 4.9 C (about 1.4 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 21.8 C (27 April)
Extreme LOW -7.7 C (01, 19 April)
RAINFALL 42.5 mm (about 30 percent BELOW normal)
SNOWFALL 6.8 cm (about 75 percent BELOW normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Ice melting in Irishtown Reservoir, Moncton, 18 Mar 2017 (Dearing)
After a stormy, rollercoaster winter in Southeast New Brunswick, spring will be especially welcomed today at 7:28am ADT.
The vernal or spring equinox is when the sun’s direct rays move north of the equator from the southern to the northern hemisphere.
At this time, the length of day and night are about equal and days will continue to lengthen until the summer solstice in June.
But winter is not over yet as Environment Canada says a low pressure system will bring snow to Nova Scotia and the possibility of freezing rain for Greater Moncton.
A wintry scene in Halifax, 10 April 2016 (TWN/Twitter)
A low pressure system passed south of Nova Scotia overnight delivering another round of winter but New Brunswick largely missed the latest snow event.
Parts of northern Nova Scotia, the Annapolis Valley and the Halifax region received up to 15 cm of heavy, wet snow which knocked out power in some areas.
Greater Moncton only reported a few snow flurries early this morning but otherwise it was a cold and sunny day.
The snow is already melting in Nova Scotia given the long hours of daylight as we approach mid-April.
A robin in Moncton, 15 April 2015 (TWN)
The snow cover is rapidly melting in Greater Moncton this week thanks to sunshine and above normal temperatures.
Birds are now finding it much easier to find food with more grass and insects reappearing for the season.
New Brunswick River Watch officials are concerned about flooding as waterways rise from melting snow.
NE Moncton, 27 April 2014 (Dearing)
Greater Moncton finally lost its official season snow cover on 18 April but some snow piles have lingered including a snow mountain in front of my home.
Yesterday, 26 April, the huge pile officially melted away under a beautiful sunny sky and a near seasonal 10 C.
Today, a bone-chilling rain has at least managed to bring back some green grass and even a few dandelions!
Week-over-week snow mountain comparison (Dearing)
The snow is melting in Moncton thanks to a string of days with slightly above normal daytime highs and chilly overnight lows.
As of 09 April, 38 cm of lying snow was recorded at the Greater Moncton Airport which is down considerably from 80 cm at the beginning of the month and below the record of 46 cm from 1963.
The most snow lying on the ground this season was 88 cm recorded on 31 December.
As you can see above, the mountain of snow in my NE Moncton neighbourhood has been melting quickly over the past week.
Mountain of snow in NE Moncton, 03 April 2014 (Dearing)
As of yesterday, 03 April, Environment Canada recorded about 80 cm of snow on the ground at the Greater Moncton Airport.
Without a doubt that is a lot of snow for early April and early spring but incredibly not a record.
It was also very snowy during the same period in 1967 – 47 years ago! – when 84 cm of snow was lying on the ground.
However, the melting has already begun and the forecast is calling for near normal or slightly above normal temperatures for the next week.
The above picture shows the mountain of snow piled outside my home in NE Moncton and every week I will post an updated shot until it has all melted away.