Some areas of New Brunswick are under snowfall warnings, while others are under special weather statements as a slow-moving weather system pummels the province with heavy snow, rain and wind.
Environment Canada says eastern and central parts of the province, which extends as far north as Campbellton, could see between 15 to 25 centimetres of snow hit the ground.
“Periods of snow will persist over the region into Wednesday and continue over eastern sections Wednesday night but will vary in intensity and accumulations,” the weather agency said, adding that residents who have to drive during the storm should be prepared to adjust their driving to match road conditions.
“Visibilities may be reduced in blowing snow overnight and Wednesday morning over exposed areas. Snow may become mixed with rain in the southeast Wednesday morning.”
Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for the following areas:
- Acadian Peninsula
- Bathurst and Chaleur Regiom
- Campbellton and Restigouche County
- Fundy National Park
- Kent County
- Kouchibouguac National Park
- Miramichi and area
- Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick
- Mount Carleton – Renous Highway
- Stanley – Doaktown – Blackville Area
Meanwhile, other areas of New Brunswick that are covered under a special weather statement might only receive between 10 to 15 centimetres of snow, according to Environment Canada.
Those areas include:
- Fredericton and Southern York County
- Grand Lake and Queens County
- Grand Manan and Coastal Charlotte County
- Oromocto and Sunbury County
- Saint John and County
- St. Stephen and Northern Charlotte County
- Sussex – Kennebecasis Valley and Kings County
- Woodstock and Carleton County
In areas listed under a special weather statement, the agency says most of the snow will fall between Tuesday night and into most of Wednesday.
“Visibilities may be reduced in blowing snow overnight and Wednesday morning over exposed areas,” according to the special weather statement.
“Snow may become mixed with rain at times on Wednesday.”
Posts on social media overnight say many highways are experiencing snow-covered roadways with slushy patches as well as poor visibility. According to the New Brunswick 511, some highways were impassable and closed to traffic.
In preparation for the storm, the New Brunswick RCMP issued warnings that encouraged motorists to plan ahead and check road conditions via the New Brunswick 511 website or by calling 511.
Environment Canada urges the public to monitor alerts and forecasts, and report severe weather if they see it.