Aftermath of ice storm in NE Moncton, 08 Feb 2019 (Dearing)
February may be the shortest month but it certainly seemed a lot longer this year with bitterly cold and stormy conditions.
While January was snowy in Greater Moncton, all was quiet until the largest single snowfall of the year arrived at mid-month.
After several freeze-thaw cycles which produced icy conditions, the latter half became decidedly colder with bitter overnight lows and wind chills.
Strong winds and blowing snow created dangerous whiteout conditions during the last week wreaking havoc with transportation across New Brunswick.
FEBRUARY 2019 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)
Average HIGH -3.5°C
Average LOW -12.9°C
AVERAGE -8.3°C (about 0.7 degrees BELOW normal)
Extreme HIGH 7.2°C (05 Feb)
Extreme LOW -18.7°C (27 Feb)
RAINFALL 25.2 mm (just slightly BELOW normal)
SNOWFALL 58.8 cm (about 10 percent BELOW normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Open areas like West Main Street were prone to drifting snow, 26 Feb 2019 (Dearing)
Strong winds created blowing and drifting snow across New Brunswick today which caused whiteout conditions on highways.
RCMP say a multi-vehicle pileup on Highway 11 near Cocagne late this morning involved 15 vehicles in a series of collisions.
Visibility was poor in whiteouts near the Cocagne Bridge.
The highway was closed as emergency responders cleared the wreckage and waited for the weather to improve.
Winds gusted as high as 85 km/h in Greater Moncton which created a bitterly cold wind chill giving a risk of frostbite on exposed skin.
The Arctic chill set more new record lows in New Brunswick this morning as a blizzard barrels up the Eastern Seaboard.
Greater Moncton dropped to -15.0 C today breaking the old record of -13.1 C from 1992.
New lows were also set in Saint John at -19.8 C, Bouctouche at -16.5 C and Alma at -15.2 C.
Environment Canada is now forecasting 30-40 cm snow tomorrow with strong, gusty winds creating poor visibility and whiteout conditions.
Highway pileup near Leduc, AB, 21 March 2013 (AP)
The main highway linking Edmonton and Calgary was shutdown yesterday after a blizzard created whiteout conditions leading to multiple vehicle crashes.
RCMP say more than 300 vehicles were involved and about 100 had to be hospitalized following the pileup on Highway 2 near Leduc, which is just south of Edmonton.
Countless others were trapped in their vehicles for hours as emergency workers went from vehicle to vehicle checking on passengers.