Fierce fall storm hits Eastern Canada

An intense low pressure system which absorbed the remnants of Tropical Storm Philippe unleashed its fury on Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes after racing through the Northeastern United States.

Environment Canada reports more than 100 mm of rain (a month’s worth) fell in Ottawa turning some streets into rivers in the National Capital (2017 is now its wettest year ever) and neighbouring Gatineau.

Strong winds gusted to 93 km/h at Ile d’Orleans with rainfall amounts of up to 90 mm across Southern Quebec.

Western New Brunswick felt the brunt of this storm in the Maritimes while Greater Moncton recorded 25 mm of rain and a peak wind gust of 69 km/h.

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Brisk start to September

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Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers report snow falling in Labrador West, NL, 31 Aug 2017 (Twitter)


Astronomical summer may be officially over but no one expects to see snow at the start of September after a cold front pushed Arctic air southward across Eastern Canada.

With temperatures near freezing, several centimetres of snow fell in northeastern Quebec and Labrador West overnight and drivers say the roads quickly became slushy and slippery.

Greater Moncton felt autumn-like with strong gusty winds under a mostly cloudy sky and temperatures struggled to reach the high teens Celsius.

Microburst in Montreal

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Damage from microburst in Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Montreal, QC, 22 Aug 2017 (Instagram)


A sudden and powerful storm which meteorologists call a microburst created a path of damage in Montreal which included the Notre-Dame-de-Grace borough.

Strong, gusty linear winds up to 120 km/h brought down trees and power lines leaving thousands without electricity on Tuesday.

Environment Canada has confirmed a tornado struck Lachute, northwest of Montreal, where winds reached up to 180 km/h.

No one was hurt but hundreds of homes were damaged and some residents have been displaced.

Military helps in Quebec flood effort

Flooding in Gatineau, Quebec, 06 May 2017 (Instagram)

Days of rainy weather in southern Quebec and eastern Ontario have taken a toll on the region and Canadian soldiers have been asked to help.

High water levels have threatened hundreds of homes and at least 700 residents have been evacuated.

Ile-Bizard, west of Montreal, has been especially hard hit with sand bags helping to keep back rising water in some areas.

In New Brunswick, a low pressure system could bring 50-100 mm of rain to western areas of the province where rivers are already full of water this weekend.

Blizzard warning downgraded 

Sunset in Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, 18 March 2017 (Dearing)

A low pressure system from Quebec tracking eastward into New Brunswick was originally expected to be a blizzard but Environment Canada downgraded that warning to a blowing snow advisory late today.

After reaching a high of 5 C by afternoon in Greater Moncton, the thermometer dropped below freezing by evening and rain changed to snow.

Strong, gusty winds will create blowing snow with 10 cm possible before conditions improve tomorrow.

Wind chills will be unseasonably cold over the next 24 hours with values as low as -27 C.

Winter storm hits Ontario, Quebec

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Heavy snow in Kingston, ON, 21 Nov 2016 (Twitter)


A Colorado Low brought an early taste of winter to a large swath of Central Canada.

Most of the region saw its first measurable snow of the season with the highest amounts in eastern Ontario (Ottawa 16 cm, Kingston 18 cm) and western Quebec (Mont-Tremblant 15 cm, Montreal 5 cm).

Strong winds were also a factor gusting up to 70 km/h in the Greater Toronto Area and even up to 90 km/h in some areas.

Heavy lake effect snow also pounded neighbouring New York State with up to 50 cm in Rochester and Syracuse.

July cold snap ends

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A view of Percé Rock, Quebec, 09 July 2016 (Dearing)

Some claimed it was time to haul out the parkas again after five straight days with daytime highs failing to reach 20 C in Greater Moncton.

Keep in mind the average early July high is 25 C and recent daily maximums were barely climbing to 15 C.

Data shows this has been the coolest stretch in July in many years.

But grey skies are finally clearing and Environment Canada is forecasting highs at or slightly above normal over the next few days.

Good Friday will be bad for travel

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Melting snow in west end Moncton, 24 March 2016 (Dearing)

With a Colorado Low heading to New Brunswick tomorrow bringing a mixed bag of precipitation, travel could be tricky as the Easter long weekend begins.

Environment Canada has issued snowfall and freezing rain warnings for most of the province except the south from an area including Greater Moncton to Saint John and St. Stephen.

The storm originated over the American Rockies in Colorado where more than 30 cm of snow fell before it swept across the Great Plains along with Ontario and Quebec.

NB Power says it is ready for the storm with staff on standby and 60 contractor crews spread over key areas of the province in the event of outages.

Coldest air of the season

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A view of Toronto from Lake Ontario, 13 Feb 2016 (Toronto Star)

The coldest shot of winter 2015-16 has enveloped New Brunswick with an early morning low of -21.0 C in Greater Moncton and as frigid as -32 C in central and northern parts of the province.

Wind chills could drop as low as -35 by Monday morning.

The Arctic dome of air has also led Environment Canada to issue extreme cold warnings for much of Ontario, Quebec, Labrador and all of New Brunswick except the Southeast and Fundy coast.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates health risks such as frost bite and hypothermia.

Patricia remnants pound the Maritimes

Fall leaves barely cling to trees in west end Moncton, 28 Oct 2015 (Dearing)

Fall leaves barely cling to trees in west end Moncton, 28 Oct 2015 (Dearing)


What’s left of a recent hurricane that struck Mexico has made its way across the Maritimes after a brush with Ontario and Quebec.

The remnants of Patricia brought rain and winds gusting to at least 70 km/h.

Forecasters say strong winds across New Brunswick are creating rough surf along the coast especially the Bay of Fundy.

Up to 30 mm of rain is expected in Greater Moncton by the time the system moves away overnight.

The fall storm led to power outages with NB Power noting a peak of roughly 8,000 customers without electricity.