We know it snows in Canada in April but an astonishing amount of snow remains on the ground for the middle of the month.
The only snow-free areas as of 18 April are mainland Nova Scotia, extreme SW Ontario, southern Manitoba, SW Saskatchewan, SE Alberta, coastal British Columbia and southern valleys of the interior.
Even much of the northeastern United States and the upper Great Lakes region is still covered in white.
In Greater Moncton, the snow has mostly disappeared except for man-made snowbanks but as much as 100 cm remains in northern New Brunswick.
Courtesy Environment Canada, 04 April 2018
Weather warnings are covering Southern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada as a strong low pressure system brings strong winds, heavy rain, snow and freezing rain.
Sudbury picked up 29 cm of snow, four hours of freezing rain fell in Ottawa and Toronto Billy Bishop Airport had a peak wind gust of 98 km/h.
Southeast New Brunswick is the only part of the province not under a weather warning.
Northern New Brunswick could receive 30 cm of snow from this system while central and southwestern portions are under a rainfall warning with up to 35 mm possible.
Whiteout conditions in the first of three winter storms, west end Moncton, 08 March 2018 (Dearing)
The first of three successive snow events dropped 15.3 cm and slight amounts of rain on Greater Moncton yesterday.
However, the intermission is a short one with Environment Canada issuing another snowfall warning for most of New Brunswick.
The next low pressure system arrives tonight and will persist into Saturday with flurries still possible on Sunday as the storm stalls in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Up to 25 cm could fall by the time it finally leaves the province and even more is expected in northern New Brunswick.
Monday is expected to be partly sunny before another system with more snow arrives on Tuesday.
A low pressure system passed south of New Brunswick on Thursday and brought snow to the northern part of the province.
The same storm also delivered snow to eastern Quebec including Quebec City and Saguenay late Wednesday.
Greater Moncton was left relatively unscathed with about 6 cm of snow and freezing rain just in time to make the evening commute rather slippery.
Updated summary of snowfall as of 8:00 A.M. Friday:
- Edmundston 20 cm
- Bathurst 19 cm
- Miramichi 17 cm
- Kouchibouguac 15 cm
- Charlo 10 cm
- Bouctouche 8 cm
- Shediac 8 cm
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Heavy rain, hail and wind, Plaster Rock, NB, 27 June 2017 (Greg LeBel/Facebook)
An unstable air mass moved from west to east in New Brunswick producing severe thunderstorms bringing torrential rain, large hail and strong winds.
Environment Canada believes a severe thunderstorm formed near Doaktown and possibly spawned a tornado that moved into the Blackville area last night.
Golf ball size hail and damaging winds with gusts up to 100 km/h were recorded in the Plaster Rock area.
Southeast New Brunswick has seen an above average 18 days with thunderstorm activity this June and a severe thunderstorm watch was issued in the region this afternoon.
Vehicles covered in snow, NE Moncton, 08 Jan 2017 (Dearing)
An intense low pressure system is now over Newfoundland after dumping up to 40 cm of snow on parts of the Maritimes overnight.
Snowfall was heaviest over central Nova Scotia, the Annapolis Valley and Prince Edward Island.
For Greater Moncton, this storm delivered the most snow since 30 November when more than 25 cm was recorded.
Fortunately this is light, dry snow since it fell when temperatures were cold (about -10 C or so) and it is much easier to move than wet, moisture-laden snow.
As expected, northern New Brunswick got off easy this time with only 3 cm reported in Bathurst.
Snow totals as of 8am AST:
Greater Moncton Airport 22 cm
Gagetown 23 cm
Saint John Airport 21 cm
Halifax Stanfield Airport 33 cm
Halifax downtown 26 cm
Yarmouth 26 cm
Greenwood 36 cm
Sydney 27 cm
Charlottetown 35 cm
(Data courtesy Environment Canada and local estimates)
Multi-vehicle pileup on interstate highway, Middletown, CT, USA, 07 Jan 2017 (Twitter)
A powerful winter storm moving up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard brought snowy and icy conditions from Alabama to Maine with more than 30 cm in parts of Virginia.
The low pressure system arrived in the Maritimes this evening with Nova Scotia expected to feel the brunt with up to 40 cm of snow expected.
A winter storm warning has been issued for Greater Moncton, Sussex, Saint John and Fundy National Park with 15-25 cm of snow and strong winds creating blowing snow by Sunday afternoon.
Northern New Brunswick is only expecting a few flurries to slight amounts of snow.
NB Power crews working near Fredericton, 01 Dec 2016 (NB Power/Twitter)
Three storms over a four day period brought an early blast of winter to Southeast New Brunswick.
The first was a Nor’easter which packed the smallest punch with just a dusting of snow in Greater Moncton (2 cm), the second delivered heavy, wet snow (26 cm) and the third started as snow (5.8 cm) but changed to rain (7.6 mm).
The heavy, wet snow brought down trees and branches causing thousands of power outages across southern New Brunswick on Wednesday.
Thousands more lost power when snow fell across the northern part of the province on Thursday.
Dry pond, Arcadia, Yarmouth Co., NS, 14 Sept 2016 (Comeau/Yarmouth Vanguard)
While it has been dry this summer in parts of New Brunswick, no where has it been drier in the Maritimes than in southwest Nova Scotia.
Meteorologists say while the jet stream normally flows through the middle of the region providing adequate amounts of rain, it was pushed farther north this summer due to the Bermuda High which has been northwest of its usual position.
As a result, rainfall in northern New Brunswick has been above average while southwest Nova Scotia has only received 32 percent of its normal summer precipitation.
For example, Yarmouth had 87 mm of rain during June, July and August which is well below the average of 268 mm.
Emergency management officials say at least 1,000 households have run out of water and bottled water donations from major retailers are being shipped to affected communities.
Snow begins falling in downtown Moncton, 05 Feb 2016 (City of Moncton)
Snow began falling early yesterday in Greater Moncton and by the time a fast-moving low pressure system moved out early today, almost 38 cm had accumulated according to Environment Canada.
This storm is by far the biggest snow event of the winter to date in Southeast New Brunswick.
Just a couple of days ago, the ground was virtually bare!
Snow was also heavy in Saint John with about 32 cm but northern New Brunswick got off easy with this storm with only 7 cm in Bathurst.