New Brunswick

Schools closed as significant snowfall sweeps across New Brunswick

Every school in New Brunswick has been closed on Monday as a major snowstorm has swept across the province and caused slippery driving conditions.

Environment Canada says up to 50 cm of snow may fall in the province on Monday

Winter storm and snowfall warnings are still in effect for most of the province. (Ed Hunter/CBC)

Every school in New Brunswick has been closed on Monday as a major snowstorm has swept across the province and caused slippery driving conditions.

This storm is expected to bring up to 50 centimetres of snow to some areas of the province, according to Environment Canada.

Tina Simpkin, a CBC meteorologist, said a brief warm-up was expected for the province on Monday. But that reprieve appears to be off as the wind has already started blowing from the north.

Simpkin said the province will experience "brutally cold windchill temperatures" in the aftermath of Monday's storm.

"Our winds are going to be an issue because they're not going to let up anytime soon," said Simpkin.

"We're talking about wind chill temperatures of around –30."

Environment Canada said there's a risk of frostbite Monday evening and Tuesday.

Road conditions

No-travel advisories have been issued for several highways in the province.

  • Route 8: Jeanne Mance to Bathurst
  • Route 11: Belledune to Tracadie
  • ​Route 113: Shippagan Harbour to Miscou Light House
  • Route 180: Southeast Upsalquitch River to Bathurst

Mike Walker, the roadway operations manager for the City of Fredericton, said all of his crews are out on city streets, which are still snow covered.

"By the time most people start to go to work, I think they'll be able to get around quite easy," said Walker.

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Julia Arseneault, the communications co-ordinator for SNC Lavalin, which maintains the highway between Longs Creek and the Quebec Border, said her crews are dealing with drifting snow.

While a no-travel advisory for the highway has been lifted, roads are still snow covered.

 "If you can delay travel a little bit this morning that would probably be in your best interest," said Arseneault.

The RCMP is warning motorists to slow down.

"More time is needed to brake so increase the distance between you and the vehicle ahead," the RCMP posted on Twitter. 

"This way you can react safely to sudden changes in traffic and road conditions." 

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