A sea of white – hail – on a Calgary highway, 23 July 2018 (Global/C. Bills)
It looked like a snowstorm in July as violent thunderstorms rolled across southern Alberta on Monday covering Calgary in golf ball-sized hail.
Traffic was snarled during the afternoon commute as drivers coped with hail piling up like snow.
By early evening, the storms had passed and Environment Canada dropped severe thunderstorm warnings for the region.
Calgary is dubbed the hailstorm capital of Canada and south central Alberta is known to be one of the worst areas of the world for thunderstorms producing damaging hail.
Highway camera image courtesy NL Government
While not uncommon, the end of May is still late – and record breaking – for a significant snowfall of 36 cm in Gander.
A low pressure system brought strong winds and rain which turned to snow over northeast Newfoundland when the temperature fell to the freezing point.
Burgeo recorded a peak wind gust of 95 km/h as did Bonavista which also picked up 40 mm of rain.
Snowfall totals as of 3:30pm NDT:
- Gander 36 cm
- Lewisporte 26 cm
- Badger 16 cm
- Twillingate 11 cm
Moncton’s west end after the latest Nor’easter, 23 March 2018 (Dearing)
It seems a bit strange the largest single snowfall this winter in Greater Moncton actually occurred on the second full day of spring.
Environment Canada says Southeast New Brunswick hit the snow jackpot from the fourth Nor’easter this month with more than 30 cm recorded.
A storm on 30 January was the previous snowfall event winner with almost 25 cm.
Strong winds were also a factor in this storm gusting at times to 82 km/h.
Here are some other snowfall totals:
- Kentville, NS 24 cm
- Alma, NB 20 cm
- Yarmouth, NS 18 cm
- Sussex, NB 17 cm
- Charlottetown, PEI 12 cm
- Halifax Stanfield Airport, NS 11 cm
- Bathurst, NB 8 cm
- Saint John, NB 6 cm
A snowbound U.S. Capitol building, Washington DC, 21 March 2018 (Twitter)
The fourth snowstorm this March struck the American Northeast during the first full day of spring with its biggest fury in a stretch from Washington, DC to New York City.
About 10 to 15 centimetres of snow fell in the American capital which was the heaviest this winter and the latest March storm since 1964.
New York City’s Central Park recorded almost 20 cm which pushed the seasonal total above 75 cm for the fifth straight winter.
The Nor’easter didn’t pack much of a punch for Boston – less than 5 cm – but it is heading toward the Maritimes.
A low pressure system passed south of New Brunswick on Thursday and brought snow to the northern part of the province.
The same storm also delivered snow to eastern Quebec including Quebec City and Saguenay late Wednesday.
Greater Moncton was left relatively unscathed with about 6 cm of snow and freezing rain just in time to make the evening commute rather slippery.
Updated summary of snowfall as of 8:00 A.M. Friday:
- Edmundston 20 cm
- Bathurst 19 cm
- Miramichi 17 cm
- Kouchibouguac 15 cm
- Charlo 10 cm
- Bouctouche 8 cm
- Shediac 8 cm
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Freezing rain (pink) sandwiched between snow (blue) to the north and rain (green) to the south, 23 Dec 2017 (Intellicast)
Streets and highways in Greater Moncton turned into skating rinks early this evening after freezing rain began falling through Central and Southeast New Brunswick.
Social media users mentioned how numerous vehicles were sliding off the roads in icy conditions and Magnetic Hill had become an ice sheet.
A low pressure system from the Northeastern United States brought mixed precipitation which eventually changed to rain.
Meantime, Environment Canada is monitoring a major snowstorm expected Christmas Day which could bring 20 cm snow to parts of New Brunswick.
Heavy snow falling in northeast Moncton, 09 Dec 2017 (Dearing)
A classic snowstorm brought heavy, moisture-laden snow to much of New Brunswick this weekend.
Environment Canada says the heaviest amounts fell in northeast areas of the province with 27 cm at Bathurst and 24 cm at Miscou Island.
Greater Moncton received 15 cm which was exactly what was being forecasted for Southeast New Brunswick.
The same system brought rain and warm temperatures to eastern mainland Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and the island of Newfoundland with a high of 18 C in St. John’s.
Still looks like winter in NE Moncton, 31 March 2017 (Dearing)
The temperature was warmer in the far north cities of Whitehorse and Yellowknife than it was in Greater Moncton.
The thermometer barely climbed above freezing today but at least the sun made an appearance after a five day absence.
Lots of cloud and frequent periods of snow have made the end of March look more like the beginning of January.
Environment Canada is not forecasting spring-like weather in the near future with another possible snowstorm by the middle of next week.
Aftermath of Blizzard 2017 in Fredericton, 14 Feb 2017 (Facebook)
A monster blizzard packing winds of more than 100 km/h and dumping upwards of 80 cm of snow over the Maritimes has moved into Newfoundland.
Greater Moncton recorded about 40 cm of snow and had a peak wind gust of almost 70 km/h.
The Fredericton area received the most snow from this storm with about 80 cm while Grand Etang on Cape Breton Island had a peak wind gust of almost 150 km/h.
Emergency management officials closed highways to police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances only.
Blizzard conditions persisted for at least 15 hours in some areas.
Other snowfall totals:
Halifax Stanfield Airport 54 cm
Greenwood, NS 61 cm
Charlottetown 40 cm
Saint John Airport 39 cm
Vehicles covered in snow, NE Moncton, 08 Jan 2017 (Dearing)
An intense low pressure system is now over Newfoundland after dumping up to 40 cm of snow on parts of the Maritimes overnight.
Snowfall was heaviest over central Nova Scotia, the Annapolis Valley and Prince Edward Island.
For Greater Moncton, this storm delivered the most snow since 30 November when more than 25 cm was recorded.
Fortunately this is light, dry snow since it fell when temperatures were cold (about -10 C or so) and it is much easier to move than wet, moisture-laden snow.
As expected, northern New Brunswick got off easy this time with only 3 cm reported in Bathurst.
Snow totals as of 8am AST:
Greater Moncton Airport 22 cm
Gagetown 23 cm
Saint John Airport 21 cm
Halifax Stanfield Airport 33 cm
Halifax downtown 26 cm
Yarmouth 26 cm
Greenwood 36 cm
Sydney 27 cm
Charlottetown 35 cm
(Data courtesy Environment Canada and local estimates)