Some Maritimers needed rain boots and others needed snow shovels. The same system that brought heavy snow to parts of Quebec brought an array of weather conditions to the Maritimes Sunday and through the day Monday. Heavy snow fell in northwestern New Brunswick while heavy rain drenched the southern half of the province. Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island also received their share of rain.
Some areas also saw a period of freezing rain. On Monday, students in Prince Edward Island had the day off for a fifth day in a row in the Western School Board. Freezing rain earlier in the morning made travelling in the region very dangerous.
New Brunswick also received a good shot of freezing rain in central areas of the province. The combination of freezing rain and rain led to power outages from trees contacting power lines.
The forecast for heavy rainfall also raised the potential for flooding in some regions, keeping emergency officials on high alert in New Brunswick. A deep snowpack combined with heavy rain resulted in a lot of water entering the drainage systems in cities like Moncton. Just over 20 mm of rain was recorded. However, Mayhew Lloy with the city's Public Works department says that crews were working to clear storm drains in advance of the heaviest rains to prevent major flooding.
Heavy rain also fell in other areas of the province. A little further west, Fredericton picked up an impressive 57 mm of rain. In the south, Saint John saw close to 30 mm and St. Stephen picked up 32 mm of rain.
In the northwest people had to deal with heavy amounts of snow. People in Edmunston are digging out from a whopping 45 cm worth of snow. Meanwhile cities like Bathurst, St. Leonard and Charlo are also dealing with over 40 cm of snow.
The storm system is now sweeping through Newfoundland. It's bringing rain, snow and strong winds to parts of the region. Things should gradually start to improve as the system clears the region through the day.
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