Add a location
Edit your saved locations

More snow piles up in the Maritimes

Enjoying what's left of winter in Atlantic Canada
Enjoying what's left of winter in Atlantic Canada

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

February 15, 2011 — Another Monday, another storm. People in the Maritimes are digging out from yet another blast of winter.

Snow banks are growing in Miramichi, NB
Snow banks are growing in Miramichi, NB

It's the winter that just keeps on giving.

Yet another winter storm charged across New Brunswick and PEI on Monday, bringing more snow to the already buried provinces.

More than 30 cm of snow accumulated in Bathurst, while lesser amounts were reported in places like Saint John and Charlottetown. The system then moved into Newfoundland bringing heavy snow and gusty winds the region.

On Tuesday, the city of Moncton had 120 cm of snow on the ground. That beat the previous February record of 119 cm, set back in 1992. The city's all-time snow on the ground record is 150 cm, set back in March of 1967.

In total, Moncton has received well over 260 cm of snow this winter season. Snowbanks are reaching dangerous heights and that prompted a warning by Moncton schools. Drivers are urged to take it slow in school zones and to watch for any walking students.

Mayhew Lloy is with Moncton's Public Work's Department. He says crews have cleared about 65 percent of the city's sidewalks, but the back-to-back storms are taking a toll on workers.

“We're in the process now of widening the streets on a full scale. We've hired some extra help to do this...It's a task that's time consuming, expensive and one that's taking a toll on the guys because everyone is getting tired,” says Lloy. He adds that so far drainage hasn't been an issue, but continuing to widen the streets is crucial to ensure proper drainage.

Complete whiteout conditions reported in P.E.I.
Complete whiteout conditions reported in P.E.I.

While the snow began to taper Tuesday afternoon, a dip in temperatures and gusty winds made for some dangerous driving conditions throughout the day.

The RCMP in Prince County, P.E.I. warned residents to stay off the roads on Tuesday. Visibilities were next to zero, which left several motorists stranded. Snow plows and tow trucks were even pulled off the roads because of the dangerous conditions.

To stay up-to-date on weather conditions in your area, be sure to check your local forecast. You can tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

With files from Andrea Stockton

Sign in or Sign up to submit a comment.


Take your weather with you, no matter where you go.

Get instant forecasts and alerts, right on your computer.

  • RSS & Data
Add weather updates to your website or RSS reader.