Light snow falls on Boxing Day, Truro, NS, 26 Dec 2019 (Dearing)
Despite a relatively snow-free December, Greater Moncton still managed to have a White Christmas this year after all – but just barely.
Environment Canada reports 2 cm of snow on the ground at the airport Christmas morning which fits its official definition.
Other parts of southern New Brunswick and Nova Scotia did not have snow including in Truro where I spent the holiday.
Meteorologists say odds of a White Christmas have decreased in recent years.
Here are the odds for select Canadian cities (1994-2017 versus 1955-2017):
- Moncton – 65% / 73%
- Fredericton – 50% / 76%
- Saint John – 45% / 60%
- Charlottetown – 55% / 78%
- Halifax – 40% / 54%
- Montreal – 70% / 76%
- Toronto – 45% / 52%
- Winnipeg – 100% / 98%
- Calgary – 60% / 59%
- Vancouver – 10% / 10%
Snow settles in Moncton, 05 Dec 2019 (Dearing)
The latest low pressure to invade the Maritimes is bringing heavy rain and strong winds to Southern New Brunswick and Northern Nova Scotia.
Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning with up to 70 mm possible especially along the Fundy coast and strong winds gusting up to 90 km/h.
Meteorologists say that much rain is a lot for frozen ground to absorb and along with an existing snowpack could create localized flooding.
After a few days with below freezing temperatures, the small amount of snow in Greater Moncton has been taken away by the rain and a mild high of 12°C.
The forecast is calling for much colder air behind this system with some snow likely on Wednesday.
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)
Labrador typically receives some of the highest amounts of snow in Canada during the winter which stretches from October to April – and this season is no exception.
A coastal blizzard has buried the community of Makkovik with almost 110 cm of snow falling since late last week.
Social media posts have showed entrances to buildings blocked and the snow depth higher than local residents trying to dig out.
Based on the 30-year average, Makkovik usually gets about 411 cm per year with only July and August not recording measurable snow.
We know it snows in Canada in April but an astonishing amount of snow remains on the ground for the middle of the month.
The only snow-free areas as of 18 April are mainland Nova Scotia, extreme SW Ontario, southern Manitoba, SW Saskatchewan, SE Alberta, coastal British Columbia and southern valleys of the interior.
Even much of the northeastern United States and the upper Great Lakes region is still covered in white.
In Greater Moncton, the snow has mostly disappeared except for man-made snowbanks but as much as 100 cm remains in northern New Brunswick.
Snow melting in Riverview, 24 Feb 2017 (Dearing)
Mild temperatures have been melting lots of snow in Southeast New Brunswick this week.
Greater Moncton now has about 50 cm on the ground compared to more than 110 cm only a week ago.
The daytime high climbed to 11.5 C at the airport on Friday but a private weather station recorded a maximum of 14.6 C at Jones Lake.
Environment Canada is forecasting the warmth to continue for the next few days with a sudden cold snap expected to arrive later in the week.
Irishtown Park pond, 13 March 2016 (Dearing)
Public safety officials in New Brunswick officially launched the annual River Watch program today which monitors and forecasts water flow in the province’s rivers and streams.
The snowpack is much lower this year compared to previous years – especially the record level of 2015.
Officials say the snowpack throughout the St. John River basin is about 57 percent below normal.
The weather is the most crucial factor in rising waters and possible flooding and forecasters say warm days and cold nights would be the most ideal conditions for a slow, steady melt.
Houseboats on lake near La Grange, California, USA (Getty)
A historic four-year drought in California has prompted water restrictions from the state government.
Cities and towns in America’s most populous state have been ordered to reduce their water usage by 25 percent.
Californians will be asked to reduce watering lawns, washing cars and even taking showers.
The action comes as the winter snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is at near record lows, which the state heavily relies on for its summer water supply.
Accuweather is predicting that the stormy pattern across Atlantic Canada this winter will likely continue into at least the first half of spring.
The weather service believes there is the potential for late-season snowstorms in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and heavy rain farther south and east in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
The combination of a stormy pattern and deep snowpack across New Brunswick and northern Nova Scotia will increase the flood threat across the region in early spring.