Flights, bus trips cancelled as province hit by freezing rain, snow

Flights, bus trips cancelled as province hit by freezing rain, snow

As snow and freezing rain spread across New Brunswick on Sunday, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure warned people to stay off several of the province's highways. 

Travel is not recommended on Route 108 from Renous to Plaster Rock. The highway is snow packed and icy.

Highway 2, the Trans-Canada, from the Quebec border to Moncton is also packed with snow or slushy and icy depending on the section. RCMP are advising drivers to not travel on it. 

"Driving conditions are extremely poor," they advised in a tweet.

Travel is not recommended on Highway 17 from Saint-Leonard to the junction at Highway 11, and from there to Bathurst.

Other travel advisories are in place for Highway 8 from Jeanne Mance to Bathurst and on Highway 11 from Bathurst to Bertrand. Travel is also not advised on Highway 180 from St. Quentin to Southeast Upsalquitch River. 

Maritime Bus cancelled its morning and afternoon routes throughout the province.

Air Canada, WestJet and Porter Airlines have issued travel advisories.

Morning flights were cancelled or delayed at airports in Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton and Bathurst as well. 

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City buses are operating in Moncton and Saint John but there are some areas nor being serviced in Saint John. Fredericton Transit does not operate on Sunday.

Freezing rain and snowfall warnings will continue across the province Sunday night.

A mixture of freezing rain, ice pellets and snow will taper to flurries this evening in the south. In the north, snow will taper to flurries with another 2-4 centimetres expected.

In Fredericton, 15-year-old Pranar Badrinthan shoveled his neighbour's driveway. He found it harder to deal with ice pellets than snow.

"I need to clear it out so they can get their visitors in safely."  

Badrinthan, who has been living in Canada for two years, said he adjusted to Canadian winters quickly. "I don't feel too cold or anything while I'm outside.dressed like this." 

University students Shivam Sabrwal, Jean-Marc Belliveau and Jacob Majcan agreed the ice pellets were hard to shovel as they worked to clear the driveway. 

"Freezing rain is definitely worse than snow," said Majcan.

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NB Power spokesperson Sheila Lagacé said crews are on standby in areas of possible impact. There were a few scattered outages earlier Sunday due to trees making contact with lines. 

"At this time, we continue to monitor the weather closely and we are ready to respond if there are power outages as a result of this storm,"  Lagacé said in an email.

Lagacé reminded people to  have a 72-hour emergency kit ready in the event of power outages.