While other parts of New Brunswick have already had significant snow this fall, the first snowfall warning of the season has been issued for Greater Moncton and the Southeast region.
Fresh from impacting Southern Ontario, Southern Quebec and the U.S. Northeast, Environment Canada says this storm will bring up to 15 cm of snow with ice pellets and rain mixing in before tapering off later tonight.
Schools were cancelled in anticipation of the storm with snow beginning to fall by midmorning.
Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Island are expecting 15 to 20 cm with lesser amounts for mainland Nova Scotia.
Snow falling in Washington, DC, USA, 15 Nov 2018 (Instagram)
A significant November snowstorm took meteorologists by surprise yesterday when more snow fell and for longer than originally forecast.
A Nor’easter moved up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard dropping 16 cm of snow on New York City which created commuter chaos with train delays and dozens of drivers trapped in their vehicles on treacherous highways.
While Washington, DC only picked up about 4 cm – the biggest November snowfall in three decades – it was to take road crews by surprise and some schools were closed.
The precipitation also included ice pellets and freezing rain with an eventual changeover to rain.
The storm also brought between 10 and 20 cm of snow across Southern Ontario with Toronto Pearson Airport picking up 11 cm.
The same system is now impacting the Maritimes.
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.
The last week of winter in New Brunswick has felt more like January than March but that frigid air is about to be replaced by a powerful Nor’easter forming off the U.S. Eastern Seaboard from two low pressure systems.
Overnight temperatures plunged to -20.1 C in Greater Moncton on the weekend which is close to a record low and daytime highs remained well below freezing with dangerous wind chills as low as -35 at times.
Environment Canada says heavy snow and winds creating blowing snow will move into southwestern New Brunswick Tuesday afternoon and spread to the remainder of the province in the evening.
Snow will likely change to rain by early Wednesday with most areas of the province expected to receive up to 30 cm of snow.
Before the storm reaches the Maritimes, forecasters say the Nor’easter could drop between 30 and 50 cm of snow in the U.S. Northeast from Washington DC to New York to Boston.
A common sight in Moncton during periods of freezing rain or even snow
Many New Brunswickers were hoping this week’s blizzard was the last winter storm of the season but unfortunately more wintry weather is moving into the region.
Environment Canada has posted a rainfall and freezing rainfall warning for Greater Moncton with 5 cm of snow, extended periods of freezing rain or ice pellets along with up to 40 mm of rain.
The slow moving low pressure system also brought mixed precipitation to the U.S. Northeast from Virginia to Maine where it has already sparked concerns about spring flooding.
27-28 Dec 2012 (courtesy Accuweather.com)
For many in Southern Ontario, this wintry wallop was the first major snowstorm of the season dumping about 15 cm of snow on Windsor, Toronto and Hamilton with 20 cm in Ottawa and 30 cm in Kingston.
Montreal could receive as much as 40 cm of snow while Quebec City can expect about 20 cm.
The storm actually originated in the American South dropping rare post-Christmas snow on cities like Dallas, Texas and Little Rock, Arkansas.
After hammering the U.S. Northeast with snow and rain, the storm is now moving into New Brunswick and Nova Scotia with snow, strong gusty winds and rain along the Atlantic coast.
25 Dec 2012 (Courtesy NOAA)
With a few centimetres of old snow on the ground, Environment Canada would technically consider that Greater Moncton had a White Christmas.
But that wasn’t the case throughout the rest of the Maritimes with virtually no snow over much of Nova Scotia.
The only other areas of the country which had a Green Christmas were Southern Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe, Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula and SW British Columbia.
In the United States, a large part of the West was snow covered today along with the Great Lakes region and the Northeast.
Snow clearing in New York City, USA, 07 Nov 2012 (AP)
After being battered by Hurricane Sandy last week, the U.S. Northeast was hit again – this time by a Nor’easter bringing wind, rain and snow.
The heaviest snow fell in central New Jersey and eastern Connecticut where more than 30 cm was recorded.
New snowfall records were also set in some major cities:
Newark, NJ 15 cm
Bridgeport, CT 14 cm
Worcester, MA 13 cm
New York Central Park, NY 12 cm
Bangor, ME 8 cm
Atlantic City, NJ 6 cm
(Totals courtesy Accuweather.com)
Atlantic City, NJ, USA as Hurricane Sandy approaches, 29 Oct 2012 (AP)
Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline last night and hurled a record-breaking four metre surge of seawater at New York City.
So far, more than 50 deaths are blamed on the storm with many victims killed by falling trees.
Sandy knocked out power to more than eight million homes with large sections of Manhattan plunged into darkness as water pressed into the island from three sides, flooding rail yards, subway tracks, tunnels and roads.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center announced at 8 p.m. that Sandy had come ashore near Atlantic City and although technically it was no longer a hurricane, it still brought stinging rain and wind gusts of more than 135 kph.
Winds also gusted to more than 90 kph across Southern Ontario where a woman in Toronto was killed by a falling sign.
As the storm made its way toward land, Sandy converged with a cold weather system that turned into a monstrous hybrid consisting not only of rain and high wind but of snow.
Parts of the Appalachian Mountains received up to 90 cm of snow.
Storm damage was projected at $10 to $20 billion, meaning it could prove to be one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history.
Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy (courtesy NOAA)
Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall along the southern coast of New Jersey tonight.
Forecasters say in addition to long periods of sustained tropical storm-force winds, the storm will continue to produce historic surge levels along the coast.
In the U.S. Northeast, flights have been cancelled, train and subway service suspended, schools closed and even the New York Stock Exchange has shut down amid fears a surge of seawater could flood lower Manhattan.
The storm is being blamed for the sinking of the replica tall ship HMS Bounty off North Carolina and while the U.S. Coast Guard rescued most of the crew, two are still missing.
Environment Canada has issued wind warnings for Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec and says rainfall amounts could reach 50 mm in some areas.
No warnings have been issued for the Maritimes yet but forecasters say rain will be more of a factor than wind for the region.