All travel advisories lifted in wake of winter storm

All travel advisories lifted in wake of winter storm

All travel advisories issued in conjunction with a winter storm that hit New Brunswick late Monday and into Tuesday have now been lifted, says New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization.

However, Quebec Autoroute 85 and Route 185, which is part of the Trans-Canada Highway running from the Quebec-New Brunswick border in northwest New Brunswick to Rivière-du-Loup remains closed.

At one point Wednesday, more than 4,000 NB Power customers were without electricity. By 3 p.m., that number was about 500.

NB Power tweeted it expects to have service returned to all customers by the end of the day Wednesday.

Some travel disruptions remain in Saint John, however.

High winds brought down traffic lights at three intersections.

The lights at Union and Carmarthen streets have been restored.

However, the lights at Westmorland Road and Consumers Drive and at Loch Lomond and Refinery roads have been set to flash, and crews will work to restore them this week.

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Marc Belliveau, a spokesperson for NB Power, said the outages were the result of strong winds and branches that came into contact with wires. 

"We have 75 crews on the ground this morning responding to outages caused by high winds and heavy snow Tuesday night," he said. 

"We expect to have all customers affected by Tuesday night's storm restored by the end of the day Wednesday."

Mike Walker, roadway operations manager with the City of Fredericton, said crews were out all night, so major streets were plowed.

Environment Canada has ended all the weather warnings that had been issued for New Brunswick.

North may see more snow

Brennan Allen, a CBC meteorologist, said about 10 to 20 centimetres of snow fell in the region on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

The storm also brought high winds, especially in Saint John where Allen said winds peaked at 102 km/h.

The snow has ended for most of New Brunswick. But northern communities could still see another 10 cm of snow on Wednesday.

Allen said other parts of the province may see some flurries or a chance of showers or freezing drizzle.

Schools closed

The storm forced the closure of many schools across the province.

All schools in the Anglophone West and North school districts were closed Wednesday.

The Francophone South School District closed schools in Fredericton and Oromocto, as well as eastern schools in Miramichi, Rogersville, Richibucto and Saint-Louis-de-Kent.

Schools in Francophone North-East and North-West were also closed because of the snowstorm.

Schools in Anglophone South and East were open, but buses in those districts ran on a one-hour delay.

St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton both closed until noon. UNB Saint John was open.