Blizzard warnings issued for most of New Brunswick

January 26th, 2015 by admin

Environment Canada has recently upgraded its blizzard warning, saying that most of New Brunswick should expect blizzard conditions from the current storm system, which will move through the province on Tuesday. The storm, currently making its way through the Northeast United States, is expected to hit the Maritimes Monday night, reports the CBC

While winter storm warnings had been in place, around 11 a.m. Monday the warnings in New Brunswick were upgraded to a blizzard warning for most areas.

"Heavy snow will develop Tuesday morning and spread northeastward during the day," the warning states. "Very strong northeast winds gusting to 90 km/h with possible higher gusts will give blizzard conditions with near-zero visibility on Tuesday."

AccuWeather.com says that the heaviest snow will fall across central and southern New Brunswick, with the potential for accumulations in the 30-40 cm range.

All regions of New Brunswick, apart from the northwest corner, have blizzard warnings in effect. The CBC notes that Environment Canada issues a blizzard warning when high winds — which could create blowing snow — are forecast, and when widespread visibility could be reduced to 400 metres or less. In terms of actual accumulation, Environment Canada is forecasting 15 to 30 centimetres of snow.

CBC meteorologist Peter Coade says the storm will continue Tuesday night through Wednesday, and that snowfall totals could increase even further during the period.

Temperatures will be low. On Monday, the high temperature in northern New Brunswick is anticipated to be about –16 C, with a wind chill making it feel like –23. Meanwhile, the high temperature in the south will be in the –12 C range. In the Fredericton area, with the wind chill, it will feel like –18.

Fundy Mutual wants to make sure New Brunswickers stay safe this season and year-round. Contact us if you have any questions.