Delays continue as winter storm watch issued for northern, central N.B.

Environment Canada is forecasting up to 50 centimetres of snow for northern and central New Brunswick. (Pierre Fournier/CBC - image credit)
Environment Canada is forecasting up to 50 centimetres of snow for northern and central New Brunswick. (Pierre Fournier/CBC - image credit)

As one system starts to move out of New Brunswick Tuesday, another is on the horizon.

Another storm is expected to roll into the province starting Wednesday evening.

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm watch for northern and central New Brunswick, from the Acadian Peninsula to Woodstock and Carleton County, which is expected to bring as much as 30 cm of snow.

In the south, a special weather statement has been issued forecasting a mix of rain and snow, with upwards of 50 mm of rain for areas around the Bay of Fundy.

Ryan Snodden/CBC
Ryan Snodden/CBC

Heavy snow and gusty winds will begin Wednesday night, according to the forecast, bringing blowing and drifting snow. Central regions are expected to get freezing rain and ice pellets as well as snow on Thursday afternoon.

"Travel in areas of northern New Brunswick especially on remote highways will become hazardous, especially on Thursday," the watch says.

Environment Canada says people should avoid travel Wednesday night and Thursday if possible, as snow will reduce visibility.

Digging out on Tuesday

Southern New Brunswick is continuing to see disruptions from a persistent snowfall that started Sunday night and is finally tapering off Tuesday.

Shane Fowler/CBC
Shane Fowler/CBC

Almost every school district in the province has announced some closure or bus delay. Canada Post said mail delays are possible for the Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton, Oromocto and St. Stephen regions.

In Anglophone North, buses in the Miramichi, Tabusintac and Rexton areas were delayed by one hour, and schools opened at their regular time.

Buses in the Bathurst, Dalhousie and Campbellton areas were running on their regular schedules.

In Anglophone South, all buses ran on a one-hour delay, but schools opened on time

Shane Fowler/CBC
Shane Fowler/CBC

In Anglophone East, schools were closed in the Tantramar, Shediac, Hillsborough and Riverside Albert areas, as well as in Sackville, Port Elgin and Dorchester.

All buses in the greater Moncton area, Salisbury, Petitcodiac and Havelock area were delayed by one hour

In Anglophone West, school buses were delayed by an hour  for the areas of Gagetown, Minto,  Oromocto, Fredericton and Harvey.

In Francophone South almost all schools were closed except ones in the Saint John area, Oromocto, Gagetown, Fredericton, Baie-Sainte-Anne, Moncton, Richibucto and Rorgersville.

Highway 2 near Sackville was closed for more than five hours Tuesday. The closure was first affecting only one lane and was due to the weather, then included both lanes after a crash. Traffic was being diverted through Walker Road, and the highway was reopened around 10 a.m., RCMP New Brunswick said.