National Day of Mourning ceremony, Moncton, 28 April 2015 (Dearing)
A stubborn low pressure system in the Atlantic Ocean off the Maritimes is responsible for the recent rainy – and today snowy! – conditions.
By early this afternoon, rain turned to wet, heavy snow in Greater Moncton which quickly turned to slush on roadways.
RCMP say slushy road conditions were likely behind a fatal collision between a car and a snow plow in Stoney Creek.
Based on an estimate and data from Environment Canada, Greater Moncton has now surpassed 500 cm for 2014-15 which is still a distance from the 1974-75 record of 531 cm.
A common sight in Moncton during periods of freezing rain or even snow
When you stepped outside today in Greater Moncton, it almost felt like spring!
For the first time since 07 December, the thermometer climbed above freezing in Southeast New Brunswick – ending one of the longest periods (30 days) below freezing in recent memory.
Precipitation began as freezing rain early today but later changed to rain and about 20 mm was expected.
Meantime, a flash freeze warning has been issued as temperatures drop rapidly later tonight causing standing water, slush and snowmelt to freeze quickly creating extremely icy conditions.