Spring arrives with wintry blast

Snow in Riverview, NB, 20 March 2013 (TWN)

Snow in Riverview, NB, 20 March 2013 (TWN)

Spring officially arrived at 8:06 am ADT but if you looked out your window in Greater Moncton it still looked like winter!

About 20 cm of heavy, wet snow fell today with gusty winds which cancelled schools and flights and made for messy driving conditions this morning.

The heaviest amounts of snow fell in the northern and western parts of New Brunswick with 41 cm in Woodstock and 28 cm in St. Leonard.

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Coldest air of season grips NB

Downtown Moncton skating rink, 19 Jan 2012 (Daniel St. Louis/TWN)

Although much less snow has fallen in Southeast New Brunswick this winter compared to last, the region has still had its fair share of cold and numerous flash-freeze periods.

Arctic air gripped the region over the weekend and yesterday the early morning low fell to -20.1 C at the Greater Moncton Airport – the coldest so far this season.

But temperatures elsewhere were even colder, dropping to -33.4 C at Edmundston, -30.3 C at St. Leonard and even -25.5 C at the Saint John Airport.

The cold will not last with rain and milder air on the way by Tuesday.

Nippy night in NB

Most tomato plants in Moncton survived a cool night (TWN)

Temperatures were mighty cool throughout New Brunswick early this morning thanks to a clear sky and a cool air mass.

Edmundston bottomed out at -1.5 C, St. Leonard dropped to -0.3 C and Fredericton got as low as 0.6 C but no records were broken.

In Greater Moncton, we dipped to 2.7 C with scattered frost throughout low-lying areas of the city.

In my NE Moncton neighbourhood, I brought my tomato plants inside but left my petunias on the deck and they turned out fine.