We’re heading into the weekend with talk of a storm!  Always a concern of course, but imagine dealing with that news if you lived in Texas of Mexico! 

The weather system that will bring a mix of rain and snow to our region is anchored in the Gulf of Mexico but reaches northeastward to Long Island.

It’s the second winter storm of the season south of the border.  Perhaps you’ve heard it referred to as Benji.   We don’t name storms in Canada, but back in 2012, the Weather Channel started naming winter storm systems, so if you see or read something about “Benji” that’s the same storm that’s heading our way.

The first snow from Benji started to fall along the US/Mexico border Wednesday afternoon.  The snow pushed into portions of western Texas, then spread east into the Rio Grande Valley.  Snow has fallen as far south as Brownsville, Texas. Thundersnow with 1 inch-per-hour snowfall rate was observed in Corpus Christi, Texas earlier this morning.  That was their first measurable snow event since the infamous Christmas 2004 event.

Much of the Houston metro area picked up 1 to 2 inches of 5 cm of snow; the area's first measurable snow event in over 8 years. Now, snow is falling in a strip from parts of Louisiana, southern and central Mississippi and parts of northern Alabama.  Rare winter storm warnings have been issued for parts of Deep South Texas, as well as parts of Mississippi, Alabama, north Georgia, and western North Carolina.  

In the Northeast, a winter storm watch has been issued for southern New Jersey and also for a part of eastern Maine.

Closer to home:

Moisture from the developing system will reach the Atlantic coast tonight –showers with wet snow inland overnight, that will change to rain during the day tomorrow.  The snow on the backside of the storm will start later in the day tomorrow in New Brunswick!



Edmundston to Bathurst:            5-10 cm  

Fredericton:                               10-15 cm

Miramichi:                                    5-10 cm

Saint John:                                    2-5 cm

Sussex –Moncton:                         5-7 cm    

Wet snow will change to rain along the Bay of Fundy.



Mostly rain – mixing inland with 2-5 cm over higher elevations.

SW Nova:                                        20-30 mm

Valley:                                              20-30 mm

Northern mainland:                         20-30 mm/3-5 cm

Eastern shore:                                 20-30 mm

Cape Breton:                                   25-35 mm/5-7 cm Highlands



E PEI – Charlottetown                    10-15 mm/2-4 cm

W PEI - Tignish:                              15-20 mm


I will have a time-line and updated snow and rain totals tonight on CTV News at 5 and 6.

Chief Meteorologist

Cindy Day