Southern N.B. digging out as bitter storm sweeps through the north

While residents in southern areas of the province are digging out from Tuesday's storm, northern New Brunswick is still being hit with heavy snow and ice pellets.

Environment Canada said between 15 and 25 cm of snow is expected in the area by this evening.

"Snow will taper to flurries from west to east during the evening," the national weather agency said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a snowfall warning is still in effect for northern parts of the province. They include:

  • Edmundston and Madawaska County
  • Grand Falls and Victoria County
  • Mount Carleton
  • Campbellton and Restigouche County
  • Bathurst and the Chaleur Region
  • The Miramichi area
  • The Acadia Peninsula 

A special weather statement is also in effect for Kent County, Moncton and southeastern New Brunswick.

"Higher than normal water levels combined with rough and pounding surf are expected near high tide," Environment Canada said in a statement.

A snow day fit for a king 

The early morning storm also forced all schools across the province to close today.

But that didn't stop Fredericton teens Ben Rutter and Matt Messenger from heading out into the outdoors. The friends texted one another and met up for the afternoon. 

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They decided to use the day to play King of the Hill at Queen's Square in Fredericton.

Both claimed they were winning.

"I was very excited. Got to go to the park. Play in the snow," said Rutter.

Meanwhile, Colette Boujold and her yellow lab, Josie, were both dressed in winter coats on Tuesday. The duo was heading out for a walk over the lunch hour.

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Boujold was hoping the storm would bring a lot more snow than it did.

"I was wishing for a bigger storm," she said. "It's not as bad as I thought it was going to be."

Driving with caution 

Environment Canada has said rapidly accumulating snow has made travel difficult in some parts of the province. 

At the same time, the province's 511 service has a travel advisory listed for the Trans-Canada Highway between Woodstock and the Quebec border.

MRDC, the company that maintains the Trans-Canada Highway from Fredericton to Moncton, said road conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day and urges drivers to reduce their speed. 

Felicia Murphy, a spokesperson for SNC Lavalin, said there is light snow cover on the Trans-Canada Highway from Woodstock to Meductic, a village 23 kilometres south of Woodstock.

SNC Lavalin maintains the highway from Longs Creek to the Quebec border and the highway from Woodstock to Houlton, M.E.

Murphy said heavy snow is also covering the highway from Meductic to Kings Landing.

She said people should avoid travelling today, but if they have to they should take precautions.

"Take it easy, slow down, give yourself extra time if you have to go," she said. "Make sure you realize visibility is going to be quite low because of the blowing snow."