New Brunswick

Blizzard warning lifted, but driving remains treacherous

Police in New Brunswick are advising motorists to drive with caution, with many roads still snow-covered and slippery following Tuesday's blizzard.

New Brunswick expects another 2 to 5 cm of snow on Wednesday with northerly wind gusting to 60 km/h

Police in New Brunswick are advising motorists to drive with caution, with many roads still snow-covered and slippery following Tuesday's blizzard.

A no-travel advisory is in effect for Highway 1, between St. Stephen and Riverglade, as snow continues to fall and drift, say RCMP.

Snowplow operators were busy on Wednesday, cleaning up after Tuesday's blizzard. (CBC)
Several accidents have been reported in that area, and throughout Saint John, according to the Saint John Police Force.

"We are experiencing a number of accidents … more particularly the highway/thruway westbound near [the] tourist bureau and Catherwood exit," Sgt. Lori Magee said in a statement.

"Numerous vehicles off the road both east and west bound. It is snowing rather steadily, drivers should use caution, reduce speed," she said.

​Between 15 and 50 cm of snow fell over much of the province on Tuesday, with strong winds creating white-out conditions throughout the day.

Many Saint Johners were still digging out on Wednesday, following Tuesday's storm that dumped nearly 50 cm of snow on the city. (CBC)
​Kouchibouguac saw the greatest amount of snowfall at 51 cm, as of Wednesday morning, followed by Saint John, with 47 cm, and Moncton, with 41 cm, according to Environment Canada.

Moncton also saw the highest peak wind gusts at 117 km/h, with Grand Manan a close second at 100 km/h, according to the weather agency.

Periods of snow will continue to fall in New Brunswick on Wednesday, with accumulation ranging from two to five centimetres, but some drifting due to strong wind, according to CBC meteorologist Peter Coade.

The winds will be from the north at 30 to 40 kilometres per hour, gusting to 60 kilometres per hour, said Coade. Then winds will shift from the northwest throughout the day, he said.

The snow is expected to end in most of the province this afternoon, and by this evening in the southeast, Coade said.

Afternoon temperatures will range from –6 C to –10 C, with wind chill equivalents about –17.

Wednesday night and Thursday will be clear, he said, with normal seasonal temperatures.

Many schools in the province were closed on Wednesday, due to the weather.

  • All francophone school districts are closed.
  • All schools in Anglophone East, Anglophone South and Anglophone North districts.
  • Anglophone West schools north of Bath are open.
Environment Canada data, as of Wednesday, 8 a.m.
Manned observation sites Snowfall (cm) Peak gust winds (km/h)
Moncton 41 117
Saint John 47 85
Gagetown 26 76
Bathurst 20 52
Unmanned observation sites
Point Lepreau 27 83
St. Stephen - 74
Grand Manan 24 100
Fundy Park 25 46
Mechanic Settlement 20 85
Bouctouche - 70
Kouchibouguac 51 67
Miramichi - 56
Bas Caraquet 16 78
Red pines 22 45
Doaktown 20 59
Woodstock 21 48
Volunteers' observations
Millville 35 -
Fredericton north 34 -
Miramichi 29 -
McNamee 29 -
St. Quentin 24 -

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