New Brunswick

Snow, heavy rain drenching province as first winter storm gets underway

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.

As much as 15 cm of snow could fall in parts of New Brunswick before Saturday

Get your shovels ready. Snow is falling in northern New Brunswick, but central and eastern areas will also be hit before the storm ends. (Michel Aspirot/CBC)

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.

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.

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.

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