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Ice coats roads in the Maritimes

Slick roads close schools in New Brunswick
Slick roads close schools in New Brunswick

Staff writers

January 24, 2012 — Icy roads across parts of the Maritimes are giving some students a day off school.

Rainfall forecast through Wednesday
Rainfall forecast through Wednesday

A system that brought deadly storms to the southern U.S. continued to push into Ontario on Monday. Depending on where you were in the province, precipitation was falling as rain, freezing rain and even snow.

By the evening hours, parts of the Maritimes were dealing with the wintery mix as well.

“Freezing rain warnings were issued for parts of New Brunswick,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “But most of that should transition to just rain as the warm front moves through Tuesday.”

Still, wet and ice covered roads were enough for several school boards in the province to cancel buses. Most schools across central, western and northern New Brunswick were all closed as well because of the poor driving conditions.

Students were also warned to be prepared for delays if buses were running.

“It was a dicey commute into work early in the morning for people here in New Brunswick,” says The Weather Network's Shelley Steeves. “It warmed up fairly quickly and here in the Moncton area at least, the roads were pretty clear by late morning.”

By Tuesday afternoon, the temperature in Moncton had climbed to 10°C. Halifax also hit 10°C, while Greenwood, NS was a spring-like 13°C.

Up to 15 mm of rain is expected to fall across the Maritimes through Wednesday.

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