Winter storm expected to intensify

Local no-travel advisory in effect for Trans-Canada Highway


Published on February 16, 2017

The streets of Sackville were virtually deserted this morning around 8 a.m., with the exception of snow removal crews. Above, snow removal crews were hard at work clearing the Sackville Tim Hortons parking lot.

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – Environment Canada is warning the winter storm currently affecting the region will continue to intensify throughout the day and into the evening, with hazardous winter conditions expected.

“Snow and blowing snow associated with this feature will continue to spread northward this morning and persist into the evening,” according to Environment Canada’s updated storm warning, issued this morning at 4:34 a.m. “Gusty northeasterly winds up to 80 km/hour are possible, especially over the southeastern regions. Total snowfall accumulation between 15 and 30 cm is expected with highest amounts over southeastern regions by this evening.”

If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for taillights ahead and be prepared to stop. Environment Canada

All schools in Anglophone East School District are closed, and Mount Allison University issued an advisory that the campus will be closed for the morning, re-opening at 12:30 p.m., with classes resuming at 1 p.m. The library and athletics centre will also open at 1 p.m.

Sackville town hall will also be closed until 1 p.m. today, with an update provided at 11 a.m.

New Brunswick’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is advising motorists to exercise caution and heed public warnings during today’s winter storm.

No-travel advisories have been issued for Route 2 from kilometre 341 (Mill Cove) to the Nova Scotia border; Route 1 from St. Stephen to River Glade; Route 7 from Saint John to Petersville Hill; and Route 15.

Environment Canada says conditions are expected to improve over western New Brunswick this afternoon and evening, while flurries will continue over eastern sections until Friday morning.

Environment Canada is also warning that visibility could suddenly be reduced to near zero at times in today’s heavy snow and blowing snow.

“Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for taillights ahead and be prepared to stop.”

Motorists are encouraged to call 511 or visit the 511.gnb.ca website for road condition updates and winter driving safety tips. Those outside of New Brunswick can call 1-800-561-4063.

In the event that motorists find themselves immobilized on the road by snow or blowing snow, they are advised to make sure the muffler of the vehicle is clear of obstructions to avoid being poisoned by carbon monoxide. Exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to health problems, illness or death.