Winter storm sweeps Eastern Canada

Snow falls in NE Moncton, 27 Feb 2020 (Dearing)

A major winter storm moved across Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada delivering snow, rain, freezing rain, strong winds and ice pellets.

Police told drivers to stay off the roads, many flights were grounded, schools closed and some businesses shut down.

Almost 17 cm of snow/ice pellets fell in Greater Moncton which made roads treacherous and forced the transit system to cancel service by late afternoon.

Snowfall amounts (in cm):

  • Mont-Laurier, QC 49
  • Pembroke, ON 34
  • Gaspe, QC 25 to 45
  • Ingonish Beach, NS 25
  • Miramichi, NB 22
  • Quebec City area 20 to 40
  • Edmundston, NB 18
  • Greater Moncton 17
  • Ottawa 17
  • Fredericton 16
  • Toronto Pearson 15
  • London 12
  • Greater Montreal 5 to 15
  • St. John’s 11

Duration of freezing rain (in hours):

  • CFB Trenton 7
  • Kingston 5
  • Ottawa 1.5

Rainfall (in mm):

  • Western Head, NS 47
  • Shelburne, NS 34

Wind gusts (in km/h):

  • Grand Etang, Cape Breton, NS 181
  • Wreckhouse, NL 181
  • Yarmouth, NS 118
  • Port aux Basques, NL 123
  • Quebec City 102
  • Stephenville, NL 100
  • Picton area, ON 101
  • Sydney, NS 93
  • Halifax Stanfield 89
  • Toronto Billy Bishop 82

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Strong winds across Atlantic Canada

A fast-moving cold front passed through the Maritimes today on its way to Newfoundland.

Powerful winds developed as a result which knocked out electricity to tens of thousands of customers across New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

The Greater Moncton International Airport recorded a gust of almost 90 km/h late this morning with Cape Breton Island reporting winds of more than 100 km/h.

Many locations across Newfoundland had hurricane-force gusts including Bonavista at 126 km/h, Wreckhouse at 107 km/h and St. John’s at 104 km/h.

The cold front also affected Southern Quebec yesterday with gusts of more than 80 km/h in Montreal and Quebec City.

Little snow but more expected

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Snow covers grass, rooftops and vehicles, NE Moncton, 28 Nov 2016 (Dearing)


The first Nor’easter of the season packed a punch in central Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland but the storm barely touched Southeast New Brunswick.

About 12 cm of snow fell at Halifax Stanfield Airport with lesser amounts in the city, 11 cm at Charlottetown and Deer Lake.

Strong winds gusted to 102 km/h at East Point and a destructive 160 km/h at Wreckhouse.

Meantime, another storm is brewing as a low pressure system approaches the Maritimes late Tuesday into Wednesday with up to 15 cm of snow possibly changing to rain along the Fundy coast.

Andrea sets rainfall records

Courtesy Atlantic Canada Weather, Facebook

Courtesy Atlantic Canada Weather, Facebook

Post Tropical Storm Andrea dropped most of her rain along the Bay of Fundy coast, central mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island.

New rainfall records were set in numerous communities including Moncton, Saint John, Sydney and Halifax Stanfield Airport.

Winds were not really a factor in most of the Maritimes with the highest gust of 65 km/h reported in Saint John and Miramichi but parts of Cape Breton and Wreckhouse, Newfoundland recorded gusts of more than 100 km/h.