FREDERICTON - River Watch officials in New Brunswick are warning people to be prepared for the possibility of flooding with the coming arrival of spring.

Environment Canada meteorologist Claude Cote says central regions of New Brunswick have seen three to four times the amount of snow that they're accustomed to, while some areas along the Bay of Fundy have experienced a tenfold increase in the usual amount of snow.

Cote says there is more water in the snow that has fallen in the south of the province, partly because of rain.

River Watch analyst Nadine Caissie Long says the potential for flooding will depend on the weather, adding that officials are hoping for warm days and cold nights so that the snow melts gradually.

River Watch spokesman Paul Bradley says people should stay off the ice, monitor flood warnings and have emergency supplies to last at least 72 hours.