January 21, 2019 6:39 am
Updated: January 21, 2019 6:11 pm

Winter storm brings snow, rain, wind and cold to New Brunswick

WATCH: Many New Brunswickers woke up to a snowy, icy mess on Monday. Megan Yamoah has more on how the province is digging itself out of the storm, which brought New Brunswick to a virtual standstill.


Weather warnings remained in place in much of the region, cautioning that Sunday’s nasty storm system could deliver a one-two punch as plunging temperatures cause slush, pooling water and any precipitation to flash freeze.

School closures are being reported in the province, including Anglophone East, South and North schools; NBCC Dieppe, Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton campuses; and delayed openings at UNB Fredericton and Saint John campuses.

Road conditions were so poor, Saint John Transit decided to suspend its bus service for the entire day.

WATCH: Travel not recommended in New Brunswick after winter storm.

NB Power reported about 2,800 customers were without electricity, while Nova Scotia Power said about 32 outages were affecting just over 1,200 customers.

Environment Canada was forecasting flurries and ice pellets or freezing rain in New Brunswick this morning changing to snow in the afternoon with winds gusting to 40 km/h, and wind chill temperatures as low as minus 50 Celsius.

Wind and rainfall warnings have been posted in central Nova Scotia, while in Prince Edward Island a flash freeze warning has been issued with rain showers expected to change to flurries early in the afternoon.

WATCH: Saint John covered in ice after latest blast of winter.

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Newfoundland is dealing with wind and rainfall warnings, with 20 millimetres of precipitation forecast for the south coast, along with 50 km/h winds gusting to 80 and even 100 km/h in some areas.

In Quebec and Ontario the snow has largely stopped falling, but extreme cold warnings remain in place.

Montreal and Ottawa are looking at daytime highs of just minus 15 to 17 with icy wind chills as low as minus 40 where exposed skin can suffer frostbite in just minutes.

WATCH: Winter storm leaves parts of Fredericton under several inches of snow

Sunday’s snow storm caused some flight cancellations at airports across the affected regions, and in Montreal they even cancelled a festival dedicated to… snow.

The City said it was suspending the Fete des Neiges due to the snowy, windy and cold weather as well as the dangerous conditions on Quebec’s roads.

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