New Brunswick

Police warn of poor driving conditions as storm hits N.B.

It looks like March is coming in like a lion this year, as a storm rolls through the province, causing poor driving conditions in the northwest.

Wind gusts of up to 90 km/h are also expected in northern areas Tuesday

Parts of the province expected to get hit with more snow this week. (Shane Magee/CBC)

Police are warning of poor driving conditions in parts of New Brunswick as a storm rolls through the province Monday.

The RCMP said on Twitter that SNC Lavalin is recommending motorists stay off a stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway between Saint-Jacques, near Edmundston, and Lower Woodstock.

"Driving conditions are extremely poor," RCMP said.

Meanwhile, NB-511, the government of New Brunswick's online road conditions map, is indicating roads are either fully or partly covered in snow in most regions north of Fredericton and Moncton.

A 33-kilometre stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Moncton, from River Glade to Dubee Settlement, is also reported to be covered in snow and icy patches.

Other roads south of the Trans-Canada Highway are being reported as bare.

The advisories come after Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for the northern half of New Brunswick Monday.

The national weather agency said some parts of the province could see between 15 and 25 centimetres of snow Monday into Tuesday.

The heavy snow was expected to spread east across central and northern New Brunswick Monday morning with temperatures rising above 0 C in some places by the afternoon, causing some of the snow to melt.

Half of New Brunswick is under a snowfall warning today. (Environment Canada website)

Snow is expected to taper to flurries by Tuesday morning, with strong westerly winds bringing in a cold air mass.

Areas affected include:

  • The Acadian Peninsula
  • The Bathurst and Chaleur region
  • Campbellton and Restigouche County
  • Edmundston and Madawaska County
  • Grand Falls and Victoria County
  • Kouchibouguac National Park
  • The Miramichi area
  • Mount Carleton
  • Stanley, Doaktown and Blackville areas
  • Woodstock and Carleton County

Strong wind gusts expected Tuesday

Meanwhile, the Acadian Peninsula, Campbellton and Restigouche County, the Bathurst and Chaleur regions can expect to see northwesterly wind gusts travelling up to 90 km/h Tuesday morning into the evening.

"Winds are expected to drop below warning criteria by Wednesday morning," Environment Canada said in a statement.

"These strong winds may cause blowing snow over exposed areas giving reduced visibilities."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elizabeth Fraser

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Elizabeth Fraser is a reporter/editor with CBC New Brunswick based in Fredericton. She's originally from Manitoba. Story tip? elizabeth.fraser@cbc.ca

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