Hoar frost on trees in west end Moncton, 14 Jan 2019 ( Dearing)
A good old fashioned January cold snap continues in New Brunswick with well below normal temperatures since last weekend.
Wind chill values have dropped to -30 giving the risk of frostbite on exposed skin.
After a frosty -21.4°C in Greater Moncton earlier this week, forecasters say a further tumble to -23°C is likely before a potent winter storm arrives on Sunday.
Environment Canada is tracking a system moving across the U.S. which is expected to bring at least 30 cm of snow, 50 mm of rain, a period of freezing rain and strong winds to the Maritimes.
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.
Power crews working on restoration efforts in Nanaimo, BC, 25 Dec 2018 (BC Hydro)
Almost 7,000 customers are still without electricity in British Columbia after the most powerful windstorm in 20 years struck the province a week ago.
BC Hydro says most of the remaining outages are in the southern Gulf Islands and those customers should be back on the grid by New Year’s Eve.
At the storm’s peak about 700,000 customers were in the dark after wind gusts of between 90 and 123 km/h were recorded on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.
After a brief quiet period over Christmas, the next system is coming this weekend bringing more active weather including rain, snow, and gusty winds.
While much of Canada is covered in white on this Christmas Day, many of the major cities are without a snow cover.
Only the Prairie cities of Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Edmonton were guaranteed a White Christmas.
Recent heavy rain and warm temperatures have erased the snow pack across Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and southern New Brunswick.
Traditionally Greater Moncton has a 65 percent chance of having a White Christmas.
Today, the airport recorded 3 cm of snow lying on the ground but much of the city and surrounding area have no snow cover at all.
The historic Algonquin Resort after a rainstorm, St. Andrews, NB, 22 Dec 2018 (Dearing)
Although it has felt like winter for weeks now, the solstice officially arrived in New Brunswick at 6:23pm AST Friday.
Oddly enough the weather now feels more like spring with a high of 10.1 C on Friday and 12.8 C today in Greater Moncton thanks to southerly winds and heavy rain from an intense low pressure system.
But the warmth will be short-lived as winds change direction to northwesterly behind the system and temperatures will fall below freezing on Sunday.
Rainfall amounts as of 22 December at 12pm AST:
Mechanic Settlement 92 mm
St. Andrews 79 mm
Grand Manan 73 mm
Alma 60 mm
Fredericton 51 mm
Saint John Airport 42 mm
Miramichi 31 cm
Greater Moncton about 20 mm
Wildfires create smoky sky over downtown Calgary, AB, 14 Aug 2018 (Dearing)
Here is the annual list from Environment Canada:
Record wildfires and smoky summer skies in the West
Summer heat wave from East to West
Tough growing season in the Prairies
Powerful May winds impact Ontario and Quebec
September tornadoes touch down in Ottawa-Gatineau
Spring flooding in southern British Columbia
Historic spring flooding along the St. John River Valley
August deluge in Toronto
Record cold start to a long winter nationwide
Cold and stormy April for the East
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Snow falling in southern Scotland, UK, 15 Dec 2018 (D.Cheskin/PA)
So-called Storm Deirdre put a damper on holiday shopping this weekend just days before Christmas as strong winds, freezing rain, rain and snow turned many roads into ice rinks across the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Weather warnings covered most regions except for Greater London and southeast England which saw mostly rain.
Hurricane force winds gusted up to 120 km/h in the Scottish Highlands where up to 50 cm of snow fell.
Police responded to numerous highway collisions related to the icy conditions.
Irishtown Nature Park reservoir is already frozen, 01 Dec 2018 (Dearing)
An Arctic air mass continues to have its grip over the Maritimes with today marking the sixth day of below freezing temperatures in Greater Moncton.
The early morning lows dropped to -16.1°C yesterday and -16.5°C today.
Brisk northwest winds have also created bitter wind chills into the -20s this weekend giving a risk of frostbite on exposed skin.
The normal high for early December is 0°C and the low is -8°C.
Environment Canada says temperatures may not climb above freezing until Friday making this one of the longest cold snaps in recent memory.
Freshly fallen snow in west end Moncton, 29 Nov 2018 (Dearing)
Southeast New Brunswick has been under a gloomy, grey sky all week thanks to a couple of low pressure systems.
The first one brought rain, drizzle and fog while the second brought heavy, wet snow to make this November one of the snowiest in recent memory.
Eastern New Brunswick got the brunt of the snow with Miramichi picking up a whopping 43 cm of snow while Greater Moncton had a hefty 28 cm.
Most of the snow in Nova Scotia fell over northern and eastern areas with heavy rain falling elsewhere.
Strong winds up to 89 km/h caused a storm surge along the Gulf of St. Lawrence coast.
Gusts of more than 100 km/h were reported on Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Island.
Tree topples over following powerful winds, 04 Nov 2018 (NB Power)
An intense low pressure system moving up from the U.S. Eastern Seaboard brought heavy rain and strong winds to the Maritimes overnight.
The powerful hurricane-force gusts knocked out electricity to more than 100,000 customers in New Brunswick during the height of the storm.
Temperatures were very mild thanks to a southerly flow with highs exceeding 20°C in some areas including a new record of 21.7°C in Cheticamp.
Rainfall amounts (mm):
Kejimkujik, NS 93
Alma, NB 85
Greater Moncton 69
Saint John 60
Summerside, PEI 58
Halifax Stanfield 45
Wind gusts (km/h):
Bouctouche, NB 119
North Cape, PEI 117
Greater Moncton 110
North Mountain, NS 108
Grand Etang, NS 106
Saint John 100
Halifax Stanfield 100
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)