The official count down to the spring season is on. The Weather Network's Spring Outlook predicts near normal temperatures and precipitation for the province of New Brunswick, but several residents are having a tough time looking beyond the massive snowbanks.
Winter storms have been relentless across the Maritimes this year and Monctonians in particular are ready to call it quits.
“It can go, I want to get on my motorcycle,” said one winter weary resident we caught up with on the snowy sidewalks.
Getting around has been next to impossible, especially since the city broke an all time record for snow on the ground in February.
As snowbanks continue to climb to dangerous levels, the risk for motor vehicle accidents have increased. Insurance companies are dealing with daily accident claims and police officials have been busy out on the roads.
“The snowbanks are indeed a factor that you have to take into account every time you go out there. Motorists have to take their time and are having to inch up to the roads as they get to the intersections,” says Constable Dan Roy with the Codiac Regional RCMP.
Kids playing on the snowbanks are creating some safety issues as well. Although it can be fun to slide down the banks, the RCMP advise that parents monitor the situation as it can be difficult for plows and traffic to see.
The most recent storm that blasted the region brought less than 15 cm of snow, but as the season progresses, any additional snowfall makes the job for city crews even harder.
“We have trucks that have been running since three weeks ago and probably have not stopped more than to fuel them, check over them, and grease them,” says Snow Hauler Stephen Parker.
The city is already half way through the five million dollar snow removal budget and with more winter storms on the horizon, there's the potential to dip into the reserves.
“Maritimers are a hardy bunch, but really, this is getting to be a bit much,” said The Weather Network's Maritime reporter Shelley Steeves.