New Brunswick

Snowstorm in New Brunswick still has thousands without power

New Brunswick's first snowstorm this season closed schools across the province, created dangerous driving conditions, and left thousands of NB Power customers without electricity.

NB Power says they will work through the night to restore power

New Brunswickers were faced with slippery roads, power outages and unexpected delays on Monday after a weekend storm. 2:29

New Brunswick's first snowstorm this season has closed schools across the province, created dangerous driving conditions, and left thousands of homes and businesses without electricity.

The snow started falling on Sunday in many parts of the province, including roughly 23 centimetres in the northern city of Bathurst.

The province's first snow storm made getting around cities, such as Fredericton, difficult on Monday. (CBC)
But on Monday, the largest snow headaches were in western New Brunswick.

Two transport trucks became stuck in the snow around midnight in the Meductic area.

Louis Lacoste, a trucker, was one of hundreds of people who were forced to spend the night in their vehicles because of the accident.

The trucker told Radio-Canada he had been stuck since about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Felicia Murphy, a spokeswoman for Brun-Way Highways Operations Inc., said tow trucks arrived at the Trans-Canada Highway, eastbound near Meductic, and traffic had resumed moving.. 

Transport trucks were stopped on the Trans-Canada Highway near Meductic because of storm-related problems. (CBC)

However, a long line of transport trucks remains parked along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Jody Dowling, a trucker who was driving from Prince Edward Island, said on Monday afternoon the traffic delay is very frustrating.”

“It hasn’t snowed now in hours. This should be cleaned up, there is no excuse for this at all. None,” he said.

Dowling estimated more than 30 transport trucks were all idling alongside the Trans-Canada Highway in western New Brunswick.

He said there is a lot of apprehension among drivers to start moving, considering the condition of the highway.

“The problem is with all of the ice on the hill, once the weight starts pushing you, you cannot get stopped, and you lose control and then you are often into the ditch, and that’s not good,” Dowling said.

Thousands without electricity

A transport truck lost a load of lumber on the Trans-Canada Highway after breaking through the guardrail between Woodstock and Fredericton on Sunday. (Catherine Harrop/CBC)
The first snowstorm of the season also left thousands of New Brunswickers without electricity.

NB Power reported 1,686 customers still with no power as of 10:00 p.m. AT.

The hardest-hit area was Woodstock, where 1,600 customers were without power.

Meghan Gerrish, a spokeswoman for NB Power heavy, wet snow in the Woodstock area has caused branches and leaves to fall onto power lines. The utility said it would work into the night to restore power to as many as possible.

New Brunswick isn't the only jurisdiction struggling with a large number of outages on Monday morning.

In Maine, Emera and Centrain Maine Power were reporting roughly 130,000 customers without electricity on Monday afternoon.

Saint John Energy said they were spared the brunt of the storm and were sending three crews to assist in restoration efforts in the Rothesay and St. Stephen areas.

People in New Brunswick awoke to the first weekday in November to a snowstorm that has closed many schools and left thousands of NB Power customers in the dark Monday. (CBC)
The good news for many in the region is that Environment Canada has pulled down all of its special weather advisories.

Jay Scotland, a CBC meteorologist, said some parts of New Brunswick will have more than snow to be concerned about Monday evening.

"After heavy snow yesterday, New Brunswick will contend with very strong winds today as an area of low pressure over the Gulf of St. Lawrence continues to push north towards Labrador," Scotland said.

"Blowing snow could be an issue due to strong winds in the wake of this storm system this morning. Both Fredericton and Halifax will see the temperature hover around 2 C with gusty west-northwest winds and the risk for a few snow or snow/rain showers."


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