Moncton: Let it snow, let it snow

The city of Moncton has once again proven itself to be the snow capital of New Brunswick. A weekend storm dumped more than 50 cms on the city, while other areas got far less.

Monday was a day for digging out. Homeowners were snowblowing and shoveling their walks and driveways clear. But a big snowfall is nothing new for them, and most put on a brave face.

I feel really good about it" said Roger Bourque. "I'm going to do some cross country skiing at Centennial Park. That's what we need. More snow.

Neil Murray agreed:

I don't mind the snow a bit" he said. "It's a little extra work, but it's good exercise.

The 24-hour blast arrived Saturday night with snow and winds of up to 60 kph. Driving was hazardous and flights were delayed or canceled at the airport. By Sunday, 54 cms. had piled up around the city. That was twice as much as Miramichi and Saint John got and five times what Fredericton received.

City work crews have been kept busy. They not only have to clear the streets, but also get rid of all that snow.

We have to go into a clearing mode and make room for what may be coming down the road" says Marty Tpof of Public Works. "We'll be gearing up for that tonight, bringing in a couple more snowblowers to go in and blow and haul snow away.

All this doesn't come cheap. This city will spend about $75,000 on this storm alone. This year's budget for snow removal is over $2 million.

Why does Moncton receive so much snow? Radio-Canada weatherman Bill Bourque says it's because the storm pattern comes from the northeast.

If you're in Moncton and you look towards the northeast you're looking right out towards the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It's water this time of year, not ice. So you've got to remember you've got a source of water that Saint John, Fredericton and many areas inland don't have access to. What happens is the moisture is picked up by the circulation over the water.

And that means snow... lots of it. Moncton holds the record for the most snow in one day. More than 78 cms. fell on February 1st, 1992.