This has been a very snowy winter across northern New Brunswick with Edmundston and Bas-Caraquet recording 114 cm of snow on the ground as of today (06 March).
Some unofficial reports have indicated a snow depth of more than 160 cm in some mountainous areas.
Southern New Brunswick also has plenty of snow but often it has been mixed with rain, freezing rain or ice pellets which have lowered accumulations.
Greater Moncton now sits at 53 cm (the most so far this season) and snowbanks are getting high enough to cause visibility issues at some intersections.
Plenty of snow near Caraquet, NB (Village Historique Acadian/IG)
Despite chilly weather, snowbanks are melting in NE Moncton, 16 April 2018 (Dearing)
Mid-April is here already but temperatures certainly haven’t been improving very much lately in New Brunswick.
Overnight lows continue to be abnormally cold with records set on Sunday, 15 April.
Greater Moncton fell to -9.1 C which breaks a record low of -8.6 C from 1981.
New records were also set in Bouctouche at -8.6 C and Miscou Island at -9.3 C.
Lingering snowbanks in NE Moncton, 09 April 2018 (Dearing)
Since the start of astronomical spring, the highest temperature in Greater Moncton has been 9.1 C and overnight lows have dropped to a near record low of -8.8 C.
So many are asking when is it ever going to warm up in New Brunswick?
The Maritimes has recently found itself on the north side of the prevailing jet stream which has allowed cold, Arctic air to sink south.
Environment Canada says the temperature should finally climb to at least 10 C by Friday.
Keep in mind, the first 20 C reading of the season was 12 April in 2017 while it was 21 April in 2016.
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.
Greater Moncton: 35 cm
Saint John: 25 cm
Fredericton: 20 cm
Charlottetown: 15 cm
Greenwood, NS: 40 cm
Halifax Stanfield Airport: 15 cm
Moncton Maple Syrup, 13 March 2015 (Dearing)
Cold nights near -5 C and warm days near +5 C are the perfect ingredients for the sap to flow in the maple trees heralding maple sugar season in New Brunswick.
A trip to the city-owned Moncton Maple Sugar Camp – in the Turtle Creek watershed south of Riverview – proved to be the perfect day to see and taste sap from tree to evaporator to final maple sugar product.
Officials say the season arrived about two weeks earlier than usual and snow cover disappeared in late February which meant today’s maple on a stick was rolled in previously frozen snow instead of a usual snowbank.
The difference in snowbank size over three week period in NE Moncton (Dearing)
A beautiful spring day in Southeast New Brunswick produced a daytime high of 25 C in Greater Moncton – the warmest day since last September!
It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the weather can change around here.
Raw and winter-like weather on Friday became mild and spring-like on Saturday and Sunday to warm and summer-like conditions today.
As you can see, little remains of man-made snowbanks like the one above.
Snowbank in NE Moncton, 27 April 2015 (Dearing)
With below normal temperatures and little sunshine, the last remaining snowbanks in Greater Moncton have been slow to melt.
Despite the barely above freezing high today and occasional snow flurries, the grass finally appears to be turning green.
Typical home hidden by huge snowbanks in NW Moncton, 28 Feb 2015 (Clow)
Snowfall totals have been mighty impressive this winter throughout the Maritime Provinces.
With meteorological winter now over (December, January and February), here is a rundown of the amounts…
Moncton 333 cm
Saint John 328 cm
Charlottetown 326 cm
Fredericton 320 cm
Halifax 193 cm
Moncton pedestrians choose street over sidewalk after messy mix, 14 Feb 2014 (Dearing)
The snowbanks kept getting higher and higher in Greater Moncton during February thanks to several snowfalls including a blizzard which dropped 40 percent of the month’s total.
Both rain and snow totals were well above average during the month.
Daytime highs were not as mild as in January but overnight lows were not as cold either.
FEBRUARY 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)
Average HIGH -2.7°C
Average LOW -11.5°C
AVERAGE -7.1°C (about 0.5 degrees above normal for the 30-year average 1981-2010)
Extreme HIGH 7.7°C (22 Feb)
Extreme LOW -20.8°C (11 Feb)
Rainfall 39.4 mm (almost 40 percent above normal)
Snowfall 92.7 cm (more than 40 percent above normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)