Storm underway, advisories in effect

Storm underway, advisories in effect

Cancellations piled up and hatches were battened down as much of New Brunswick settled in for the latest winter storm Tuesday night.

Saint John Transit announced its bus service would end at 8 p.m., the final Grand Manan ferry crossing for 9 p.m. was cancelled, and the University of Moncton and Mount Allison campuses were closed for the night.

A winter storm warning blanketed the entire province, with rapidly accumulating snow and blowing snow expected through the evening. Most of the province should see snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 centimetres, along with strong northeasterly winds gusting up to 90 km/h, reducing visibility.

In the south and east of the province, the snow was expected to change to ice pellets and freezing rain overnight, and then to rain.

CBC Meteorologist Kalin Mitchell predicted the heaviest snowfall would happen in the Edmundston area through to Woodstock, and from Bathurst to Miramichi as well as the Acadian Peninsula, possibly passing the 30 centimetre mark in those regions.

The mild temperatures in the south weren't expected to last long though, likely dropping below freezing again by Wednesday afternoon, ending the storm with some flurries.

The province's Emergency Measures Organization advised people to stay off the roads until conditions improved.

The RCMP also indicated that travelling on the Trans-Canada Highway between Prince William and Moncton wasn't a good idea.