Freezing rain and ice pellets fall in Greater Moncton, 07 Feb 2020 (Dearing)
A sprawling low pressure system brought a mixed bag of precipitation to the Maritimes on Thursday and Friday with mainly snow in the north and mixed snow, ice pellets, freezing rain and rain in the south.
Temperatures remained below freezing in Greater Moncton during the lengthy storm where about 13 cm of mixed precipitation fell.
Parts of Nova Scotia had extended periods of freezing rain and later rain as the thermometer surged amid strong southwest winds but quickly plummeted.
The storm also dumped heavy snow on eastern Ontario and southern Quebec.
Snowfall totals (cm) as of 08 February:
- Edmundston 42
- Montreal area 35-45
- Quebec City area 35-40
- Charlo 29
- Ottawa Airport 26
- Gatineau 18
- Miramichi 16
- Greater Moncton 13
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Snow covered steps in NE Moncton, 19 Jan 2020 (Dearing)
On the heels of the coldest weather so far this winter in Greater Moncton with lows of -21°C comes the heaviest snowfall to date.
A Colorado Low arrived in the Maritimes on Sunday after delivering a blow to the middle of the continent including Ontario and Quebec.
Since it was already very cold across Southern New Brunswick, the snow that fell was light and dry – unlike so-called “heart attack” snow which is heavy and wet.
Snowfall totals (in cm):
- Minto area 31
- Greater Moncton Airport 25
- Fredericton area 16
- Saint John Airport 13
- Miramichi 10
- Bathurst 4
(Data courtesy volunteer observations)
Icy slush in NE Moncton, 03 Dec 2019 (Dearing)
After exiting Ontario, a Colorado Low moved into the Maritimes bringing freezing rain and rain to Nova Scotia along with mixed precipitation to Southeast New Brunswick.
The system shut down schools in many parts of the region on Tuesday with icy roads being a major factor.
Greater Moncton had several hours of freezing rain and ice pellets mixing with snow (3 cm) and later rain (15 mm) as the temperature climbed slightly above freezing.
Northern and western New Brunswick received mostly snow with 10 cm in Fredericton, 18 cm in Miramichi and 27 cm in Woodstock.
Few leaves remain on trees after strong winds, Irishtown Nature Park, 25 Oct 2019 (Dearing)
Another low pressure system moved through the Maritimes on Wednesday bringing a lot of rain to the region especially to western New Brunswick.
Winds were also a factor with this storm but for a shorter period of time even though the peak gust was 81 km/h which was slightly higher than last week.
Here some rainfall totals (mm):
- Saint John 59
- Edmundston 59
- Bathurst 49
- Fredericton 48
- Miramichi 37
- Sydney 30
- Charlottetown 22
- Halifax Stanfield Airport 21
- Greater Moncton 19
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Dorian damage in Halifax’s West End, 08 Sept 2019 (NS Power)
Hurricane Dorian has left a path of destruction across the Maritime Provinces despite being downgraded as it crossed the region.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre says Dorian was an intense post-tropical storm as it made landfall at 7:15pm ADT Saturday in Sambro, 25 km southwest of Halifax.
Dorian brought destructive winds, flooding rains and powerful storm surges to much of Nova Scotia, southern New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
A construction crane collapsed and century old trees toppled onto homes, businesses, vehicles and streets in Halifax.
Public works staff are scrambling to clean up the mess and power crews are trying to restore electricity to the tens of thousands without it.
Crews clean up storm damage in Halifax’s west end, 08 Sept 2019 (NS Power)
Rainfall totals (mm) as of 11am ADT Sunday:
- Oxford, NS. 138
- Halifax (Lower Sackville), NS. 138
- Greater Moncton Airport, NB. 121
- Miramichi, NB. 115
- Kentville, NS. 110
- Summerside, PEI. 90
- Saint John, NB. 82
- Fredericton, NB. 75
Peak wind gusts (km/h) as of 11am ADT Sunday:
- Beaver Island (eastern shore), NS. 145
- Yarmouth, NS. 130
- North Cape, PEI. 122
- Halifax (city), NS. 120
- Miscou Island, NB. 106
- Sydney, NS. 104
- Saint John, NB. 102
- Greater Moncton Airport, NB. 100
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
This has been a very snowy winter across northern New Brunswick with Edmundston and Bas-Caraquet recording 114 cm of snow on the ground as of today (06 March).
Some unofficial reports have indicated a snow depth of more than 160 cm in some mountainous areas.
Southern New Brunswick also has plenty of snow but often it has been mixed with rain, freezing rain or ice pellets which have lowered accumulations.
Greater Moncton now sits at 53 cm (the most so far this season) and snowbanks are getting high enough to cause visibility issues at some intersections.
Plenty of snow near Caraquet, NB (Village Historique Acadian/IG)
Cat enters snowbound backyard in NW Moncton, 04 March 2019 (T. Clow)
A low pressure system approached the Maritimes from the northeastern United States late Sunday night.
Snow began in New Brunswick early Monday and intensified throughout the day before tapering off to freezing drizzle by evening.
About 24 cm fell in Greater Moncton which was the second heaviest snowfall of the season after the storm on 13 February.
The system also brought snow to western and central Newfoundland later on Monday with freezing rain to the Avalon Peninsula.
Snowfall amounts (cm) as of 1AM Tuesday from Environment Canada:
- Sydney: 26
- Saint John Airport: 26
- Greater Moncton Airport: 24
- Deer Lake: 23
- Fredericton: 21
- Miramichi: 21
- Charlottetown: 19
- Greenwood: 19
- Halifax Stanfield Airport: 17
- Bathurst: 14
- Gander: 14
- Yarmouth: 12
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
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
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.