Mix of snow, freezing rain makes for messy roads
Published Wednesday, February 20, 2013 1:15PM AST
A winter storm is bearing down on the Maritimes for the second time in three days.
“There is a smorgasbord of weather warnings spread across the three Maritime provinces,” says CTV meteorologist Cindy Day. “Temperatures are around the freezing mark, which can make travel treacherous.”
Most Anglophone and some Francophone schools are closed across New Brunswick today and police are urging motorists to be cautious due to poor road conditions.
A mix of snow and freezing rain is expected to blast southeastern New Brunswick throughout the day, with precipitation expected to last into the evening.
Day says heavy snowfall warnings are in effect across north and eastern New Brunswick, including the Miramichi and Campbellton areas.
A winter storm warning is also in effect for Bathurst and the Acadian Peninsula.
Another system will bring more snow to eastern New Brunswick tomorrow.
“As the low pulls northeastward, colder air will funnel down behind the system tonight, that will make things ice up and produce more snow in the east tomorrow,” says Day.
Freezing rain is also pounding many parts of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island today.
Day says there are heavy snowfall warnings in Prince County, where residents could see anywhere from 15 to 20 centimetres by Thursday morning.
Many motorists experienced a slow commute to work in Halifax this morning and some schools in western Nova Scotia closed before classes began.
The Strait and Cape Breton-Victoria Regional school boards cancelled classes and sent students home early, while all schools are closed on Prince Edward Island.
Freezing rain warnings remain in effect for Colchester and Cumberland counties while a heavy snowfall warning is in effect for Victoria County in Cape Breton.