Many schools across northern and western New Brunswick are closed on Wednesday as a snowstorm heads toward the region that could bring upwards of 35 cm of snow for Madawaska and Restigouche counties.

So far, the follow schools are closed in the province:

  • Anglophone North has closed schools in Miramichi, Bathurst, Campbellton and Dalhousie
  • Anglophone West has closed all schools
  • Francophone South has closed schools in Baie Sainte-Anne, Fredericton, Miramichi, Oromocto, Rogersville
  • Francophone North West has closed all schools

A winter storm warning has been issued by Environment Canada for Campbellton and Restigouche County, Edmundston and Madawaska County.

"Heavy snow will develop ahead of a low pressure system early this morning," says the warning.

"Snowfall amounts of 25 to possibly 35 centimetres are expected across Madawaska and Restigouche counties. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow."

There is a snowfall warning for Grand Falls and Victoria County and Mount Carleton - Renous Highway where snowfall amounts of 15 to 20 cm expected this morning.

"The snow is expected to change to a mixture of ice pellets and freezing rain early this afternoon and finally to rain later this afternoon. The rain will then briefly mix with snow before ending this evening," says Environment Canada.

There are also rainfall warnings in place for the south for Fundy National Park, Grand Manan and Coastal Charlotte County and Saint John and County with heavy rain expected today.

"Light snow developing early this morning ahead of an approaching low pressure system will change to rain at times heavy along the Fundy coast this morning and will end this evening. Rainfall amounts near 25 millimetres are expected."

Peter Coade, a CBC meteorologist, said the storm will move out tonight to make way for another ridge of high pressure to move in for Thursday.

"That will get Friday started with sunshine, however at this time it looks like a Nor'easter will be affecting some of the region before daybreak on Saturday," said Coade.

New Brunswick forecast

Northern New Brunswick

Wednesday: Snow at times heavy today spreading to the east in the early morning and changing to ice pellets and rain later in the day with the risk of freezing rain.

Snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 cm are expected, 10 to 15 cm in the east along with winds from the southeast gusting to 50 km/h. The afternoon temperature will reach a high of 2 C.

Wednesday night: It will be cloudy with rain ending in the east and snow ending in the west. Another 5 cm of snow and 3 mm of rain are expected with winds gusting to 60 km/h and a low of –20 C.

Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud is expected with winds from the west gusting to 60 km/h and a high of –12 C.

Fredericton and area

Wednesday: It will be cloudy and windy with snow developing early this morning and changing to ice pellets and then to rain early this afternoon with the risk of freezing rain. 

Snowfall amounts of about 5 cm and rain fall amounts of 15 mm are expected with southerly winds gusting to 60 km/h this afternoon and a high of 8 C.

Wednesday night: It will be cloudy and windy with further rainfall of 5 mm before skies clear. Winds will be gusting to 60 km/h with a low of –14 C.

Thursday: A mainly sunny day is expected with westerly winds gusting to 50 km/h and a high of –10 C.

Southern New Brunswick

Wednesday: It will be cloudy, windy and mild with light snow beginning early this morning and spreading north and east.

It will change to rain before noon with the risk of freezing rain. Southern communities can expect 15 to 25 mm of rain in the west and 5 to 10 mm in the east.

Winds will be gusting to 50 km/h from the southeast and the high will reach 8 C.

Wednesday night: It will be cloudy and windy with another 5 mm of rain before skies clear. Winds will be from the south gusting to 70 km/h with a low of –12 C.

Thursday: Southern areas can expect a sunny day with winds from the west gusting to 50 km/h and a high near –8 C.