Spring blizzard sweeps Prairies

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.

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Dangerous whiteout conditions across N.B.

Open areas like West Main Street were prone to drifting snow, 26 Feb 2019 (Dearing)

Strong winds created blowing and drifting snow across New Brunswick today which caused whiteout conditions on highways.

RCMP say a multi-vehicle pileup on Highway 11 near Cocagne late this morning involved 15 vehicles in a series of collisions.

Visibility was poor in whiteouts near the Cocagne Bridge.

The highway was closed as emergency responders cleared the wreckage and waited for the weather to improve.

Winds gusted as high as 85 km/h in Greater Moncton which created a bitterly cold wind chill giving a risk of frostbite on exposed skin.

Heaviest snowfall of 2019

Courtesy NB Highway Cameras, 13 Feb 2019

Lots of rain, freezing rain and ice pellets have been recorded so far this year in Southeast New Brunswick but snow has been somewhat scarce – until today.

A Colorado Low made its way across the continent this week bringing lots of snow to the American Midwest, Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec before arriving in the Maritimes.

Greater Moncton received 26 cm of snow followed by ice pellets and some freezing rain/drizzle along with strong winds which created poor visibility.

Snowfall amounts were fairly consistent across most of Nova Scotia with 22 cm at Greenwood and Halifax Stanfield Airport, 21 cm in Sydney but only 11 cm in Yarmouth.

Environment Canada says cold weather will replace the snow for late week with a brief warmup and rain expected this weekend.

Smoke impacts Alberta air quality

Smoke over downtown Calgary, AB, 14 August 2018 (Dearing)

Smoke from forest fires in British Columbia is streaming into Alberta resulting in poor air quality and reduced visibility.

Environment Canada says smoke conditions can change quickly during wildfires but air quality will be poor for the rest of the week.

Small children, seniors and anyone with chronic conditions are especially at risk.

British Columbia has declared a state of emergency with over 560 out-of-control wildfires forcing 3,000 residents from their homes and another 20,000 are under evacuation alert.

A classic Nor’easter slams Maritimes

A classic Nor’easter arrived in the Maritimes today bringing an abrupt end to a snow free Southeast New Brunswick.

Environment Canada says the intensity of the storm led to a snowfall warning and a blowing snow advisory being issued by mid-afternoon for Greater Moncton.

By 6pm, about 16 cm of snow had fallen with winds gusting up to 74 km/h creating poor visibility in blowing snow.

In Nova Scotia, about 16 cm fell in both the city of Halifax and at Stanfield Airport with an impressive 40 cm recorded in Sydney.

Another winter storm wallops N.B.

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The snowbanks keep getting higher in NW Moncton, 16 Feb 2017 (Facebook)

An intense low pressure system tracked across the Maritimes today bringing heavy snow along with strong northerly winds creating blowing and drifting snow.

Environment Canada says this was the fourth storm system to impact Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick over the last two weeks.

Visibility was often very poor and the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization restricted travel to snow plows and emergency vehicles on many major highways today.

Snowfall totals:

Greater Moncton: 35 cm

Saint John: 25 cm

Fredericton: 20 cm

Charlottetown: 15 cm

Greenwood, NS: 40 cm

Halifax Stanfield Airport: 15 cm

Ontario highway crash captured on video


More than 100 vehicles were involved in a pileup on Ontario’s Highway 401 outside the Greater Toronto Area last weekend.

Environment Canada says a snow squall off Lake Ontario created poor visibility and accumulating snow.

Ontario Provincial Police say drivers were going too fast during slippery road conditions.

Fortunately only a few minor injuries were reported.

Maritimes digs out from monster blizzard

Blizzard aftermath in Moncton, 27 March 2014 (Twitter)

Blizzard aftermath in Moncton, 27 March 2014 (Twitter)

Schools were closed for a second straight day in Greater Moncton after a massive blizzard brought heavy snow and strong, gusty winds which created poor visibility and whiteout conditions.

The Confederation Bridge was closed almost all day due to the winds and Cobequid Pass was shut down overnight due to blowing and drifting snow.

The spring blizzard of ’14 delivered some impressive numbers both in terms of snowfall and peak wind gusts:

Charlottetown, PEI. 53 cm/ 93 km/h

Greenwood, NS. 42 cm/ 102 km/h

Greater Moncton Airport. 41 cm/ 98 km/h

Digby, NS. 34 cm/ 111 km/h

Truro, NS. 28 cm/ 102 km/h

Saint John, NB. 28 cm/ 111 km/h

Halifax Stanfield Airport. 21 cm/ 100 km/h

More record cold as N.B. braces for blizzard

tmp_590x393_03251844_to-117525324The Arctic chill set more new record lows in New Brunswick this morning as a blizzard barrels up the Eastern Seaboard.

Greater Moncton dropped to -15.0 C today breaking the old record of -13.1 C from 1992.

New lows were also set in Saint John at -19.8 C, Bouctouche at -16.5 C and Alma at -15.2 C.

Environment Canada is now forecasting 30-40 cm snow tomorrow with strong, gusty winds creating poor visibility and whiteout conditions.

Snow squall causes massive Ontario pileup

Courtesy CTV

Courtesy CTV

A snow squall is being blamed for causing a massive pileup along Ontario’s Highway 400 near Barrie.

Almost 100 vehicles were involved when visibility was reduced to near zero as a squall moved quickly through the region around 9am today.

Police say no one was seriously hurt but the highway was shut down for most of the day.