Courtesy NB Highway Cameras, 13 Feb 2019
Lots of rain, freezing rain and ice pellets have been recorded so far this year in Southeast New Brunswick but snow has been somewhat scarce – until today.
A Colorado Low made its way across the continent this week bringing lots of snow to the American Midwest, Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec before arriving in the Maritimes.
Greater Moncton received 26 cm of snow followed by ice pellets and some freezing rain/drizzle along with strong winds which created poor visibility.
Snowfall amounts were fairly consistent across most of Nova Scotia with 22 cm at Greenwood and Halifax Stanfield Airport, 21 cm in Sydney but only 11 cm in Yarmouth.
Environment Canada says cold weather will replace the snow for late week with a brief warmup and rain expected this weekend.
It should come as no surprise that Greater Moncton is on top of the snowfall totals list in the southern Maritimes although locations in northern New Brunswick have received even heavier amounts.
Fall foliage in Centennial Park, Moncton, 13 Oct 2018 ( Dearing)
Starting late Wednesday and lasting into Friday, a warm front and low pressure system eventually combined with moisture streaming northward from Tropical Storm Michael.
As these two systems began to interact, a significant amount of rain fell over parts of the Maritimes.
Rainfall summary in millimetres as of Saturday 5am ADT:
- Doaktown: 47.2
- Greater Moncton Airport: 39.4
- Fredericton: 36.2
- Saint John: 35.6
- Grand Manan: 34.5
- Halifax Stanfield Airport: 55.4
- Yarmouth: 70.4
(Data courtesy Environment Canada)
An intense low pressure system from the Great Lakes moved across New Brunswick Wednesday night and brought heavy rain especially along the Fundy Coast.
Alma at the entrance of Fundy National Park recorded 121 mm which is more than a month’s worth of rain in just 24 hours.
While it was a deluge for some, it was definitely much needed precipitation.
Here are more rainfall amounts:
- Harvey, NB. 80 mm
- Yarmouth, NS. 75 mm
- Saint John, NB. 55 m
- Halifax Airport, NS. 28 mm
- Greater Moncton. 24 mm
Moncton’s west end after the latest Nor’easter, 23 March 2018 (Dearing)
It seems a bit strange the largest single snowfall this winter in Greater Moncton actually occurred on the second full day of spring.
Environment Canada says Southeast New Brunswick hit the snow jackpot from the fourth Nor’easter this month with more than 30 cm recorded.
A storm on 30 January was the previous snowfall event winner with almost 25 cm.
Strong winds were also a factor in this storm gusting at times to 82 km/h.
Here are some other snowfall totals:
- Kentville, NS 24 cm
- Alma, NB 20 cm
- Yarmouth, NS 18 cm
- Sussex, NB 17 cm
- Charlottetown, PEI 12 cm
- Halifax Stanfield Airport, NS 11 cm
- Bathurst, NB 8 cm
- Saint John, NB 6 cm
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
Snow plow clearing streets in Moncton, 10 Feb 2017 (Twitter/CityofMoncton)
The latest Nor’easter moved up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard with lots of energy as it headed for the Maritimes.
The winter storm brought heavy snow and strong northeast winds to the region.
Snowfall totals as of midday:
St. Stephen: 38 cm
Greater Moncton: 24 cm
Charlottetown: 24 cm
Fredericton: 23 cm
Saint John: 19 cm
Kentville: 19 cm
Yarmouth: 17 cm
Halifax Stanfield Airport: 15 cm
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)
Dry pond, Arcadia, Yarmouth Co., NS, 14 Sept 2016 (Comeau/Yarmouth Vanguard)
While it has been dry this summer in parts of New Brunswick, no where has it been drier in the Maritimes than in southwest Nova Scotia.
Meteorologists say while the jet stream normally flows through the middle of the region providing adequate amounts of rain, it was pushed farther north this summer due to the Bermuda High which has been northwest of its usual position.
As a result, rainfall in northern New Brunswick has been above average while southwest Nova Scotia has only received 32 percent of its normal summer precipitation.
For example, Yarmouth had 87 mm of rain during June, July and August which is well below the average of 268 mm.
Emergency management officials say at least 1,000 households have run out of water and bottled water donations from major retailers are being shipped to affected communities.