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Highway conditions along Route 2 at Prince William, west of Fredericton, shortly before 8 a.m. on Jan. 26, 2023. Image: New Brunswick 511

UPDATE: Travel Not Recommended Advisories Lifted

By Brad Perry Jan 26, 2023 | 3:38 PM

Road conditions remain tricky Thursday afternoon as another winter storm hammers New Brunswick.

The storm’s mixture of snow, ice pellets, freezing rain, rain and high winds led to poor driving conditions in many parts of the province.

Travel not recommended advisories were issued for a number of major highways throughout the day, but they had been lifted as of 3:40 p.m. Thursday.

However, icy and slushy patches were still being reported on many highways through southern and central New Brunswick.

Ferry service was also impacted by the storm. Several crossings of the Grand Manan Adventure between Blacks Harbour and North Head were cancelled, but it resumed sailing at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Up-to-date highway conditions can be found at any time through the New Brunswick 511 website.

Thursday marked another provincewide storm day for students across New Brunswick. Schools in all seven districts across the province closed their doors for the day.

The University of New Brunswick in Fredericton remained closed, along with St. Thomas University. UNB Saint John delayed its opening until noon.

New Brunswick Community College also closed its campuses in Saint John, Saint Andrews, Fredericton, Woodstock and Miramichi. Classes there will continue virtually.

Some warnings still in place, others ended

Rain continued to fall across much of New Brunswick as of mid-afternoon Thursday, but rainfall warnings that were in place in southwestern regions and along parts of the Fundy coast had ended.

Places like Saint John, Charlotte County, Fredericton and Oromocto were expecting 30 to 50 millimetres of rain before it tapered to showers late in the afternoon and then to a few flurries in the evening.

A snowfall warning remained in effect for northern New Brunswick, including Campbellton and Bathurst.

An additional five centimetres of snow is expected before it ends late in the afternoon.

“Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult,” said the warning.

A wind warning also remained in place for the Acadian Peninsula, where gusts up to 100 kilometres per hour are possible.

In addition, there is a chance of minor coastal flooding near high tide Thursday afternoon on the Bay of Chaleur, particularly west of Bathurst.

Mail delivery cancelled in many areas

Do not expect any items to show up in your mailbox on Thursday.

Canada Post issued a red delivery service alert for much of the province.

That includes Saint John and Moncton, along with northern, eastern, and western New Brunswick.

A red service alert means Canada Post is suspending delivery for the day.

“Delivery will resume once conditions improve and it’s safe to do so. The safety of our employees is our number one priority,” the agency said in a statement.


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