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.
Victoria, BC, 12 Feb 2019 (Royal BC Museum Inner Harbour Webcam)
Wintry weather doesn’t visit the coast of British Columbia very often but it certainly causes disruption when it arrives.
Following back to back snow days, Vancouver has picked up almost 25 cm of snow with higher amounts in the Fraser Valley and Victoria has recorded more than 40 cm.
An Arctic outflow pushing temperatures below freezing combined with low pressure off Vancouver Island is creating snowy rather than more typical rainy conditions.
Traffic and transit services were snarled, schools were cancelled and scattered power outages kept crews busy in the region.
It should come as no surprise that Greater Moncton is on top of the snowfall totals list in the southern Maritimes although locations in northern New Brunswick have received even heavier amounts.
Flooding at Plumweseep Covered Bridge near Sussex, 25 Jan 2019 (Sussex and Area Events/Facebook)
The beginning of 2019 proved to be wild and crazy in New Brunswick.
Precipitation was well above normal for January as storm after storm brought rain, freezing rain, snow and ice pellets with rapidly fluctuating temperatures.
Ice and snow often blocked storm drains which created flooding during heavy rain and when the thermometer plunged, it all froze.
The average monthly temperature was actually about one degree above normal although it didn’t seem like it given the roller coaster of highs and lows.
JANUARY 2019 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH -2.5°C
Average LOW -13.7°C
AVERAGE -8.1°C (about 0.8 degrees ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 10.5°C (24 Jan)
Extreme LOW -21.4°C (14 Jan)
RAINFALL 48.9 mm (above 60 percent ABOVE normal)
SNOWFALL 101.3 cm (about 30 percent ABOVE normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Radar image captured at 23hrs, 19 Jan 2019 (Bing maps)
A strong winter storm will track across the Maritimes Sunday bringing a mixed bsg of precipitation to Southeast New Brunswick.
Snow at times heavy will begin in the morning changing to ice pellets and freezing rain by noon and eventually to rain later in the afternoon.
Greater Moncton is expecting about 20 cm snow, 20 mm of rain and possibly several hours of ice accumulation.
Strong winds will develop giving reduced visibility in blowing snow with gusts reaching 80 km/h along the Fundy coast.
Conditions may not improve until Monday afternoon as the storm moves eastward.
Cross country skiing near US Capitol, Washington, DC, USA, 13 Jan 2018 (Twitter/Nathanaj80)
A major winter storm brought heavy snow and mixed precipitation from the American Midwest to the mid-Atlantic states over the weekend.
The snow began falling in Kansas and Missouri with some areas getting almost 50 cm.
The storm knocked out power, disrupted air travel and created slippery highways with numerous collisions including an Illinois crash which killed a police officer.
Freezing rain led to a build-up of ice on surfaces in North Carolina and Virginia.
Between 15 and 30 cm of snow fell over the Washington, DC area – its heaviest snowfall in three years – which closed schools and federal government offices on Monday.
Forecasters say melting during the day would create hazardous black ice after sunset as temperatures fell back below freezing.
The storm system has moved out into the Atlantic but will brush Cape Breton Island and eastern Newfoundland on Tuesday.
Snow falling in west end Moncton, 09 Jan 2019 (Dearing)
For the third time since the start of 2019, Southeast New Brunswick was hit with snow.
Another low pressure system initially brought snow with 21 cm recorded in Greater Moncton following briefly by ice pellets and then 5 mm of rain as the temperature climbed above freezing.
Higher amounts of snow fell in central and northern New Brunswick while more rain fell over mainland Nova Scotia with localized flooding in the Halifax region.
Environment Canada expects calmer but colder conditions over the next few days.
UPDATE – Storm summary for New Brunswick:
- Miramichi up to 55
- Caraquet up to 44
- Bathurst 28
- Kouchibouguac 28
- Shediac 27
- Alma 26
- Greater Moncton 21
- Fredericton 15
- Saint John 5
- Grand Manan 30
- Saint John 25
- Alma 19
- St. Stephen 13
- Fredericton 5
- Greater Moncton 5
Heavy snow falling in NE Moncton, 05 Jan 2019 (Dearing)
A low pressure system moved across the Maritimes heading to Newfoundland bringing snow to the west and rain to the east.
Greater Moncton received about 14 cm of snow by the time it stopped late this morning.
The temperature will plummet tonight with cold northwesterly winds.
Forecasters are watching the next weather system now making its way across the country with more snow expected on Wednesday.
About 12 cm snow fell in Moncton on New Year’s Day, 01 Jan 2019 (Dearing)
New Year’s Eve celebrations were just getting started in Greater Moncton when snow flurries began falling from the latest low pressure system moving through the region.
By the time the snow stopped late this afternoon about 12 cm had fallen in Southeast New Brunswick with higher amounts toward the north and east.
Rain had been expected but the temperature never climbed above freezing as forecast.
In the wake of the storm, strong northwesterly winds will usher in frigid air creating windchill values near minus 30 and a risk of frostbite.
Sun glistening on the ice of Shediac Bay, 30 Dec 2018 (Dearing)
December turned out to be another cold month in Greater Moncton continuing a trend which began in October.
An early Arctic air mass kept daytime highs below freezing for a lengthy ten day stretch.
The month did prove to be less stormier than November with below normal rainfall and snowfall.
While Southeast New Brunswick had a snow cover for a few weeks prior to Christmas, it had mostly disappeared by 25 December.
DECEMBER 2018 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH -1.6°C
Average LOW -10.2°C
AVERAGE -5.9°C (about 1.1 degrees BELOW normal)
Extreme HIGH 12.8°C (22 Dec)
Extreme LOW -16.5°C (09 Dec)
RAINFALL 46.8 mm (slightly BELOW normal)
SNOWFALL 34.7 cm (about 40 percent BELOW normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)