New Brunswick shovels out from latest walloping of snow

A brutal weekend snowstorm pummelled a weather weary New Brunswick once again, leaving the province snowbound for nine straight weeks.

Chilly winter sends heating bills to record high, experts say

New Brunswick residents were busy digging out today after a weekend snow storm pummeled the province. (Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon/CBC)
A brutal weekend snowstorm pummelled a weather weary New Brunswick once again.

On Monday, Evan Goldring was attempting to free his car from an oversized snowbank so he could get to work.

"I'm ready for spring for sure,” said Goldring.

The cleanup follows a weekend storm that dropped the biggest load of snow so far this winter.  The Confederation Bridge connecting New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island was forced to close after a nine-vehicle crash in whiteout conditions on the bridge.

The whole Atlantic coast also witnessed large ocean swells as winds gusting upwards of 110 km/h pounded the region.

Heating costs

The first bad storm hit with a crunch way back in November - with freezing rain in southern New Brunswick that caused traffic chaos. 

Eventually everything was washed away by rain, but by mid-December the province was weathered by back-to-back snowstorms.

Then there was a Christmas-busting ice storm that killed power to thousands for more than a week.

Saint John resident Mike Wilson had a few hours of shoveling ahead of him before his car would be rolling out of the driveway. (Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon/CBC)

Needless to say the plummeting temperatures have pushed heating bills to record highs.

Energy expert Jon Sorenson, adviser to the New Brunswick government on its heating bills, said the winter weather has defied all the experts.

"I'll tell you we look at a lot of forecasts. It’s part of our job and we study about six different houses - no one got this winter right,” he said.

More storms in January and now in February have piled on the misery and with a little more than a month unofficially left in winter many are counting down the days.

"It's too much snow and we need summer quickly,” Goldring said.