November 30, 2016 4:14 pm
Updated: December 1, 2016 10:08 am

First snowfall wallops much of New Brunswick

WATCH ABOVE: The first big snowfall in New Brunswick brought with it the old winter staples, treacherous driving conditions, power outages, and enough of the white stuff to keep residents busy before heading out. Global’s Jeremy Keefe reports.

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Despite the majority of New Brunswick seeing little or no snow at all until this point, many residents awoke to a blanketing of the white stuff.

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Those in Moncton dug themselves out of a reported 36 centimetres of snow, with areas like Fredericton seeing only slightly less.

At its peak approximately 40,000 NB Power customers were said to be without service.

Fredericton’s Tom Burns counted himself lucky for his lights staying on but said keeping a watchful eye on the weather ensured he was ready when the snow came.

Although he wasn’t too thrilled about its arrival.

“It’s terrible winter [is] starting this early and we’re getting this much all at once and this stuff is really heavy and it’s hard to move,” he said taking a break from blowing snow from his driveway. “So I don’t think there’s a lot of happy people this morning.”

Burns believes many need to see the snow hit the ground before they spring into action, booking appointments to get their winter tires on, buying shovels and scrapers and all types of winter gear.

He doesn’t fall into that category but has a good sense of humour about those who put off getting winter ready.

“We as Canadians should know that we get it every year,” he laughed.

While two of New Brunswick’s biggest cities were covered in snow Saint John received only rain and saw a relatively mild day.

Rain remains in the forecast for the Port City while many of the areas already covered in snow are expecting more to fall in the coming days.

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