The track of the latest Nor’easter hugged the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia which ultimately led to more snow in Southeast New Brunswick than forecasters first thought.
Environment Canada originally predicted 10 cm but more than double fell in Greater Moncton which ended up with the highest snow total in the Maritimes.
This was a classic Nor’easter with strong winds reaching a peak gust of 78 km/h creating blowing and drifting snow in open areas.
Here are some regional totals as of 8am ADT on 31 January:
- Greater Moncton Airport: 25 cm
- Halifax International Airport: 23 cm
- Greenwood: 20
- Sydney: 20
- Halifax (downtown): 19
- Charlottetown: 19
- Bathurst: 18
- CFB Gagetown: 14
- Yarmouth: 13
- Saint John Airport: 11
A classic Nor’easter arrived in the Maritimes today bringing an abrupt end to a snow free Southeast New Brunswick.
Environment Canada says the intensity of the storm led to a snowfall warning and a blowing snow advisory being issued by mid-afternoon for Greater Moncton.
By 6pm, about 16 cm of snow had fallen with winds gusting up to 74 km/h creating poor visibility in blowing snow.
In Nova Scotia, about 16 cm fell in both the city of Halifax and at Stanfield Airport with an impressive 40 cm recorded in Sydney.
Crowded Bondi Beach during heat wave in Sydney, NSW, Australia, 07 Jan 2018 (European Pressphoto Agency)
A recent heat wave in Australia was so severe that asphalt melted on some highways, firefighters had to battle wildfires and bats fell out of trees after literally boiling to death.
The daytime high reached a scorching 47.3 C in a western suburb of Sydney on Sunday which was the hottest since 1939 and while Melbourne was cooler, the thermometer still climbed to 40 C.
Beaches were so crowded in Sydney, there was virtually no room to move around.
While it is the height of summer Down Under, the normal January high in the New South Wales capital city is 27 C with an overnight low of 20 C.
“Bomb cyclone” south of the Maritimes, 04 Jan 2017 (earth.nullscholl.net)
An powerful Nor’easter has arrived in the Maritimes with strong, gusty winds bringing heavy rain for Nova Scotia and a snow/ice pellets/rain for New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Winds were hurricane-force in the Halifax region at 117 km/h and thundersnow – a thunderstorm with snow – was recorded in Sydney.
Storm surge warnings are in place along the Atlantic coast as water levels will be high enough to cause some coastal flooding.
In Greater Moncton, snow began falling around noon with freezing rain/ice pellets by late afternoon and rain by evening.
Environment Canada says the storm will move out of the region by Friday afternoon but more frigid air is filtering in behind the system which will mean a very cold weekend.
A stream overflows in north end Sydney, NS, 11 May 2017 (Cape Breton Post)
Parts of Cape Breton Island were flooded by a deluge of rain barely six months ago – Thanksgiving weekend – and this week it’s happening again.
The ground is saturated with water after more than 160 mm of rain since the weekend and some Sydney residents are dealing with flooded basements.
Rain and snow melt from the Cape Breton highlands is being blamed for washouts along sections of the Cabot Trail and its side roads.
Road crews are working overtime making repairs before the busy tourism season begins in a few weeks.
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)
Halifax Transit bus during a snowstorm, Halifax, NS, 12 Dec 2016 (Twitter)
The cleanup was underway across the Maritimes today after a Colorado Low dropped about 15-25 cm of snow – the same storm delivered similar amounts across Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec yesterday.
The Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia also saw a changeover to rain where temperatures climbed above freezing.
Here are some snow totals in the region:
Saint John 26 cm
Halifax Stanfield Airport 22
Greater Moncton Airport 19
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, NB, 23 Oct 2016 (Dearing)
A cold front from the Great Lakes combined with a tropical low to bring rain, wind and warm temperatures to the Maritimes this weekend.
The heaviest amount of rain fell in the Halifax region with about 80 mm recorded, already-soaked Cape Breton got off relatively easily with 35 mm in Sydney.
Greater Moncton only received 16 mm of rain but winds were as gusty as 70 km/h and the temperature climbed to a balmy 20.5 C.
The hot spot in the Maritimes was in Cheticamp with a record high of 23.9 C.
Ominous clouds off Glace Bay, NS, 07 Aug 2016 (A. Petrie/Twitter)
A tornado watch may be rare for New Brunswick but it is even more so for Cape Breton Island.
Environment Canada issued a tornado watch for Sydney and Cape Breton County early Sunday evening for almost an hour.
Although some ominous clouds were spotted including potential funnel clouds, no tornadoes were reported.
A kangaroo in a snowy vineyard, Orange, New South Wales, Australia, 16 July 2015 (Bill Shrapnel)
Although it is officially winter in Australia, it seldom snows in lower elevations but it did this week.
Antarctic air pushed northward across New South Wales and Queensland bringing the first significant snow to the region – up to 10 cm – since the mid-1980s and some ski resorts in the mountains received 30 cm.
A vineyard owner in Orange, NSW, noted the kangaroos on his property seemed to enjoy a taste a wintry weather and were even playing in it.
Temperatures dropped to as low as -7 C and daytime highs struggled to reach 5 C with 15 C being a normal high for July.
On the coast in Sydney, low temperatures have fallen to 5 C, the lowest in 44 years.