Poor weather conditions force schools to close on Monday

Slippery roads and poor weather conditions have kept most schools in New Brunswick closed Monday morning.

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning, snowfall warning and a special weather statement

Many schools are closed across the province on Monday. (CBC)

Slippery roads and poor weather conditions kept most schools in New Brunswick closed on Monday morning.

All schools were closed in the Francophone North-East and Francophone South school districts, except schools in the Quispamsis and Saint John areas. 

All schools in the Anglophone East and North School Districts were closed. In the Anglophone South School District, all schools in the Hampton, Apohaqui, Norton, Hammond River, Kingston, Belleisle and Sussex areas were also closed.

Meanwhile, in the Anglophone West School District, schools in zones two to nine were closed including:

  • Grand Falls, Plaster Rock, Perth-Andover 
  • Florenceville-Bristol, Bath, Centreville, Hartland,  Woodstock
  • Canterbury, Nackawic, Burtts Corner, Millville, McAdam, Harvey
  • Stanley, Boiestown, Doaktown
  • Greater Fredericton Area (including New Maryland, Keswick Ridge, Nashwaak Valley)
  • Oromocto, Geary, Burton, Lincoln, Fredericton Junction
  • Chipman, Minto
  • Cambridge Narrows, Gagetown

By noon Monday, Environment Canada had lifted weather warnings it had issued for Fredericton, Moncton and northern parts of the province. 

Fredericton had been told to expect rain, Moncton rain, showers and possible local flooding, and the north was told to expect snow.

The agency warned drivers to be prepared to adjust driving with changing road conditions.  

Felicia Murphy, spokesperson for SNC-Lavalin, which maintains the Trans-Canada Highway from the Quebec border to Longs Creek and Route 95 to the U.S. border, said roads were wet with slush and icy patches from the Quebec border to Grand Falls. She said conditions are similar from Grand Falls to Woodstock, but there were areas with a significant amount of water. 

From Longs Creek to Moncton, Norman Clouston, the general manager for the MRDC Operations Corp., said there were isolated icy patches near Fredericton. Closer to Moncton, he said, roads were wet.

He reminding drivers there is also the risk of freezing rain later in the day.

"Motorists should use caution … and reduce speed," he said.  

Mike Walker, manager of roadway operations for the City of Fredericton, said city crews were out sanding sidewalks and city streets all night. However, streets were slippery and could include significant water issues.

Walker urged drivers to slow down. 

"Slow down, take your time because you could be driving down a main road and all of a sudden you're going to be down in a very large puddle of water," he said.