Snow covered steps in NE Moncton, 19 Jan 2020 (Dearing)
On the heels of the coldest weather so far this winter in Greater Moncton with lows of -21°C comes the heaviest snowfall to date.
A Colorado Low arrived in the Maritimes on Sunday after delivering a blow to the middle of the continent including Ontario and Quebec.
Since it was already very cold across Southern New Brunswick, the snow that fell was light and dry – unlike so-called “heart attack” snow which is heavy and wet.
Snowfall totals (in cm):
- Minto area 31
- Greater Moncton Airport 25
- Fredericton area 16
- Saint John Airport 13
- Miramichi 10
- Bathurst 4
(Data courtesy volunteer observations)
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%
As slow-moving Hurricane Dorian continues churning parallel to the coastline of the Southeastern United States, the Canadian Hurricane Centre is getting a better sense of how the storm will impact Atlantic Canada this weekend.
Forecasters believe Dorian could be a Category 1 storm when it arrives on Saturday and follow a path to the east of mainland Nova Scotia.
Rainfall will be heavy to the west of the track which includes Southern New Brunswick with about 50 mm possible and perhaps as much as 100 mm for parts of Nova Scotia.
Hurricane-force winds with large waves and pounding surf are possible along the Atlantic coast near the track before the storm heads to Newfoundland on Sunday.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Dorian is now moving toward the coast of the Carolinas with strong winds, storm surges and up to 300 mm of rain.
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)
Aftermath of ice storm in NE Moncton, 08 Feb 2019 (Dearing)
Southern New Brunswick received several hours of freezing rain Friday morning – enough to make highways and other surfaces extremely icy.
Schools were cancelled, many businesses delayed opening until midday, pedestrians were forced to walk like penguins and even salt trucks slid off the road in Nova Scotia.
Ice coated my own steps to the point where I had to slide down them and crawl to my car which was a few metres away.
Greater Moncton only received about 10 mm of rain but the water eventually froze when a cold front followed the ice storm and temperatures plummeted by early Saturday.
Winds were also strong behind the system gusting at times up to 90 km/h.
Environment Canada is forecasting colder than normal weather but mostly clear skies over the next few days.
Flooding forces closure of Randolph Bridge on west side of Saint John, 05 May 2018 (Twitter/City of Saint John)
After steadily rising for more than a week, water levels along the southern portion of the St. John River have surpassed the historic flood in 1973.
Environment Canada is forecasting more rain for Southern New Brunswick with up to 20 mm possible by Monday after 30 mm fell Friday and early Saturday.
The Coast Guard and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans have provided vessels to help with evacuations and Transport Canada has deployed surveillance aircraft.
Almost 1,000 people have registered as evacuees with the Red Cross.
Many roads have been closed by the flooding including the Trans Canada Highway between River Glade and Oromocto – the detour through Saint John adds one hour of travel time between Moncton and Fredericton.
Kay Road is washed out by flooding in McKees Mills, Kent County, NB, 14 Jan 2018 (91.9 The Bend/Facebook)
Heavy rain and fast melting snow from the weekend storm swelled rivers and streams throughout Southern New Brunswick.
Floodwaters swept away culverts and damaged bridges including the historic covered Bell Bridge which crews say is beyond repair and will be torn down.
Washouts and severe erosion forced the Department of Transportation to close dozens of roads and reduce others to one lane.
Residents have been urged to report storm damage to the provincial Emergency Measures Organization and contact their insurance companies for losses.
Heavy downpour during thunderstorm in NE Moncton, 11 Aug 2017 (Dearing)
A thunderstorm rolled through Greater Moncton on Friday afternoon and it was a welcome sight when two periods of downpours brought much needed rain.
A fire ban had been in place across Southern New Brunswick but more rain today lowered the fire hazard and burning is now allowed from 8pm to 8am.
The last significant rainfall in Greater Moncton was 8.2 mm on 21 July and prior to that it was 21.2 mm on 24 June.
Agriculture Canada has declared that much of Prince Edward Island is experiencing a drought with little rain since early June.
Summer officially arrived at 7:34pm ADT in New Brunswick.
At 15 hours, 46 minutes, 3 seconds, this was the longest day of the year in Greater Moncton and starting tomorrow the days will begin to shorten again.
Warm weather arrived just in time for the summer solstice with a high of 29.0 C yesterday and 27.1 C today.
Environment Canada is forecasting warmer than normal temperatures in Southern New Brunswick during late June and early July.
A winter wonderland again after a Nor’easter, NE Moncton, 22 March 2016 (Dearing)
Whatever had started sprouting out of the ground is now covered by 23 cm of snow which fell in Greater Moncton yesterday.
Snow totals of 20 to 30 cm were common across Southern New Brunswick from this spring Nor’easter while the Acadian Peninsula felt the brunt with nearly 50 cm.
Lesser amounts ranging from 5 to 15 cm of snow fell over most of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
Meantime, forecasters are watching a Colorado Low which will move into the Maritimes late Thursday/early Friday and bring a mixed bag of wintry precipitation.