A view of downtown Moncton from city hall, 23 Jan 2018 (City of Moncton)
Meteorological winter 2017/18 is now in the books since the three month period of December, January and February is over but we all know winter is not over yet in Southeast New Brunswick.
What a ride it has been in Greater Moncton with temperatures fluctuating wildly from very mild to extremely cold in just hours and in one case in mere minutes.
Snowfall was lighter compared to normal especially in February but the bigger concern were frequent periods of mixed, icy precipitation such as freezing rain and ice pellets.
WINTER ALMANAC 2017/18 at the Greater Moncton International Airport
Average HIGH -1.2 C (about 0.9 degrees ABOVE normal)
Average LOW -11.0 C (about 1 degree ABOVE normal)
AVERAGE -6.1 C (about 1 degree ABOVE normal)
Extreme HIGH 16.7 C (13 January – highest temperature ever recorded in January)
Extreme LOW -22.3 C (07 February)
RAINFALL 134.4 mm (about 20 percent ABOVE normal)
SNOWFALL 177.8 cm (about 15 percent BELOW normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
Freshly fallen snow in west end Moncton, 18 Jan 2018 (Dearing)
Almost 20 cm of snow fell in Greater Moncton yesterday and it came without any official weather warnings.
Some media outlets were suggesting more than 20 cm while Environment Canada was calling for between 10 and 14 cm.
The snowfall turned out to be the second heaviest of the season so far after the Christmas Day storm.
The low pressure system also brought 14 cm to Saint John, 17 cm in the Fredericton area and about 20 cm in Grand Manan and Alma.
Even higher amounts were recorded in eastern Prince Edward Island, northern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island.
Confederation Bridge linking New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, 06 March 2015 (Machum)
It’s been a long haul over the past three months in New Brunswick.
The 2014-15 winter season brought severe flooding in December after an incredible amount of rain to unbelievable snowfalls in January, February and March.
But winter is finally coming to an end.
The vernal equinox arrives at 7:45pm ADT today – but whether warm spring weather arrives soon is still up in the air!
A plow makes its way through heavy snow on Route 20 near Park Corner, PEI, 16 March 2015 (Facebook)
Snow records just keep on falling in the Maritimes just like the snowflakes themselves!
Saint John and Charlottetown have both broken their all-time snowfall records for a single winter season.
Moncton is also struggling during this very white and punishing winter but is still a fair distance from its record from 1974-75.
The American Northeast has been hard hit with heavy snow too and Boston, Massachusetts recently broke its winter record with 276 cm (108.6 inches).
And winter is not over yet!