Snow, heavy rain drenching province as first winter storm gets underway
As much as 15 cm of snow could fall in parts of New Brunswick before Saturday
The first flakes have fallen as New Brunswick braces for the season's first winter storm, a messy mixture of rain, snow and strong gusts of wind starting Thursday and continuing into Friday.
Accumulating snow is expected for much of New Brunswick, according to an Environment Canada weather statement issued Thursday afternoon.
The northern part of the province is now seeing snow, which shifts to rain as you move south. The federal agency said the snow-rain boundary falls around the Woodstock and Miramichi areas.
"This boundary will slide southward tonight, and thus rain will change to periods of snow over the remainder of the province by early Friday morning," the statement said.
Snow/Rain totals for today thru Friday. <br>Main swath of snow across New Brunswick in the 8 to 15 cm range, with 15+ potential in the SE.<br>Elevation will be key for all, esp in Nova Scotia with 2-8 cm in the North with higher totals for Cobequid Pass & Highlands.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NSStorm?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NSStorm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBstorm?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBstorm</a> <a href="https://t.co/9E65pRDKYC">pic.twitter.com/9E65pRDKYC</a>—@ryansnoddon
The snow will persist on Friday before tapering off later in the day. Projected snowfall ranges between two to 10 centimetres, with the highest amounts expected in eastern New Brunswick.
CBC meteorologist Ryan Snoddon said higher terrain in the Moncton area could see upwards of 15 cm.
Snoddon said temperatures will drop to around freezing Thursday night before dipping a few degrees lower on Friday.
Updated Timeline<br>Snow tonight for most of New Brunswick, with mixing in southern NB + high elevations of northern Nova Scotia. <br>Rain elsewhere in NS.<br>Temps fall & snow takes over across southern NB & northern NS thru Fri aft... then the rest of NS thru Fri Eve.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NSStorm?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NSStorm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nbstorm?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nbstorm</a> <a href="https://t.co/3jslcxU1gX">pic.twitter.com/3jslcxU1gX</a>—@ryansnoddon
On Twitter, NB Power said it is monitoring the weather and has crews ready to respond to any outages.
Saturday will be mainly sunny but will remain cold across the province, with temperatures below freezing in many areas.
Based on reports from Environment Canada, light snow and rain is expected for some areas of New Brunswick starting this afternoon. We continue to monitor the weather and have crews ready to respond if outages happen. <a href="https://t.co/GuutiQzzUw">pic.twitter.com/GuutiQzzUw</a>—@NB_Power