Blizzard bringing up to 40 cm of snow to N.B.
Storm began early Wednesday evening and expected to worsen overnight
Blizzard warnings and winter storm warnings are in place for New Brunswick with as much as 40 centimetres of snow expected in some areas.
Environment Canada has blizzard warnings in place for northeastern New Brunswick, stretching from Bathurst in the north to Kent County in the east and including the Acadian Peninsula.
Several flights were cancelled Wednesday night at airports in Fredericton, Saint John and Monton.
Winter storm warnings are in place for the rest of the province, with the exception of Grand Manan and coastal Charlotte County, where warnings about freezing rain and rainfall warnings are in place.
"In central New Brunswick and northern New Brunswick, it's going to be mostly snow, but it's going to be a lot of snow," said CBC meteorologist Peter Coade. "Anywhere from 30 to 40 centimetres of snow."
Coade says the Fredericton area could see anywhere from 30 to 35 centimetres of snow, while the northern part of the province could see 35 to 40 centimetres of snow and blowing snow.
"Farther south down toward Saint John and Moncton, they are in for a period of freezing rain and ice pellets and snow and blowing snow," said Coade.
The weather system moved in to New Brunswick early Wednesday evening and is expected to gain intensity overnight, said Coade.
Southern areas will see snow change to ice pellets and freezing rain toward morning, he said.
Coade said it doesn't appear this storm is an `early' St. Patrick's Day storm, which folklore holds marks the end of the snowstorms for the season in New Brunswick.
"Get ready for Monday because at this time, my charts do indicate a nor'easter moving into the Maritimes for St. Patrick's Day," said Coade.
"The most striking thing about this past winter is the frequency of storms, moreso than the intensity of them," said Coade. "It started with snow in November and a couple of storms per week."