Snow falling in Washington, DC, USA, 15 Nov 2018 (Instagram)
A significant November snowstorm took meteorologists by surprise yesterday when more snow fell and for longer than originally forecast.
A Nor’easter moved up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard dropping 16 cm of snow on New York City which created commuter chaos with train delays and dozens of drivers trapped in their vehicles on treacherous highways.
While Washington, DC only picked up about 4 cm – the biggest November snowfall in three decades – it was to take road crews by surprise and some schools were closed.
The precipitation also included ice pellets and freezing rain with an eventual changeover to rain.
The storm also brought between 10 and 20 cm of snow across Southern Ontario with Toronto Pearson Airport picking up 11 cm.
The same system is now impacting the Maritimes.
A snowbound U.S. Capitol building, Washington DC, 21 March 2018 (Twitter)
The fourth snowstorm this March struck the American Northeast during the first full day of spring with its biggest fury in a stretch from Washington, DC to New York City.
About 10 to 15 centimetres of snow fell in the American capital which was the heaviest this winter and the latest March storm since 1964.
New York City’s Central Park recorded almost 20 cm which pushed the seasonal total above 75 cm for the fifth straight winter.
The Nor’easter didn’t pack much of a punch for Boston – less than 5 cm – but it is heading toward the Maritimes.
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.
The last week of winter in New Brunswick has felt more like January than March but that frigid air is about to be replaced by a powerful Nor’easter forming off the U.S. Eastern Seaboard from two low pressure systems.
Overnight temperatures plunged to -20.1 C in Greater Moncton on the weekend which is close to a record low and daytime highs remained well below freezing with dangerous wind chills as low as -35 at times.
Environment Canada says heavy snow and winds creating blowing snow will move into southwestern New Brunswick Tuesday afternoon and spread to the remainder of the province in the evening.
Snow will likely change to rain by early Wednesday with most areas of the province expected to receive up to 30 cm of snow.
Before the storm reaches the Maritimes, forecasters say the Nor’easter could drop between 30 and 50 cm of snow in the U.S. Northeast from Washington DC to New York to Boston.
Cross country skiing at U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC, USA, 23 Jan 2016 (AP)
More than 60 cm (2 feet) of snow fell in a narrow band of the Northeast U.S. from West Virginia to Cape Cod in the so-called Blizzard of 2016.
Major cities were buried in snow including New York City’s Central Park with 68 cm (just shy of an all-time record), Philadelphia with 57 cm (which surpasses an entire average winter snowfall) and Washington Dulles Airport with 74 cm.
Wind gusts were reported at more than 80 km/h in many areas.
Forecasters say another storm system could impact the region later this week which may also affect Atlantic Canada.
A major winter storm is threatening to bring life to a standstill in the northeastern United States this weekend from Washington, DC to New York City.
Forecasters say the storm will also affect the southern Appalachian Mountains and brush southern New England.
Winds and the rate of snowfall will increase as the storm progresses from late Friday until early Sunday.
New Brunswick will escape this storm but southern Nova Scotia could pick up some snow.
Schools were shut down for a second day in Southeast New Brunswick and few businesses chose to open after a major blizzard dumped more than 50 cm of snow on Greater Moncton by late today.
Strong winds gusting to 117 km/h created blowing and drifting snow which hampered all modes of transportation.
In the American Northeast, the blizzard packed the biggest punch in Boston with more than 60 cm of snow while about 30 cm fell in New York City prompting a rare shutdown of the public transit system and apologies from some weather forecasters who predicted even more would fall.
A band of lake-effect snow clouds over Lake Erie descend on Buffalo, NY, USA, 18 Nov 2014 (AP)
The lake-effect snowstorm began early Tuesday in the Buffalo area of western New York State and by the time the snow stops falling by Thursday about 250 cm (8 feet) will have accumulated – an entire winter’s worth in a few days.
The snow coming from winds off Lake Erie shut down a major interstate highway stranding over 100 vehicles which forced rescuers to use snowmobiles to save drivers stranded in deep drifts.
Lake-effect snow is also piling up along the Great Lakes in western Michigan and Georgian Bay in central Ontario.
Unseasonably cold air continues to grip the Midwestern and Eastern United States with lows of -10 C in Charlotte, North Carolina, -6 C in New York City and even -3 C in Jacksonville, Florida.
Moncton pedestrians choose street over sidewalk after messy mix, 14 Feb 2014 (Dearing)
Residents of Greater Moncton are cleaning up a messy mix of precipitation today after a nasty winter storm delivered 9 cm of snow, 34 mm of rain and a small amount of freezing rain.
The rain and melting snow led to scattered flooding throughout the city with many pedestrians choosing to walk in the streets instead of on wet, icy sidewalks.
Snowfall amounts were higher in northern New Brunswick with almost 50 cm recorded in Bathurst while rainfall was greatest in southern areas with Saint John reporting 40 mm.
The same system also delivered heavy snow to the American Northeast yesterday with 18 cm at Washington, DC (National Airport), 32 cm at New York City (Central Park) and more than 60 cm falling in the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina to Vermont.
To make matters even worse, another storm is expected to follow a similar path this weekend with snow and blowing snow creating blizzard conditions.
Daffodils under snow, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 24 March 2013 (AP)
The snowstorm stretched from the American Rockies to the Mid-Atlantic states dumping as much as 30 cm or more in Colorado, Kansas and Missouri with almost 50 cm in parts of Illinois.
The spring snow is not unusual but such heavy amounts in late March have broken records in many cities according to the U.S. National Weather Service.
Although only reporting about 3 cm, Washington, DC, had its snowiest March day since 2011.
The storm gave New York City a rain/snow mix before moving out to sea.