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Forecasters tracking weekend winter storm

By Brad Perry Mar 21, 2024 | 12:41 PM

It might be spring on the calendar, but it appears winter is not quite done with us yet.

Forecasters at Environment Canada are tracking a winter storm set to arrive this weekend.

Meteorologist Jill Maepea said the “intense system” will move through the region very quickly.

“We are expecting it to move in around Saturday afternoon. It’ll approach the southwest part of our province first,” Maepea said in an interview Thursday.

“By Sunday morning, we actually see the system having pretty much moved away from the area.”

Maepea said the current models suggest southern New Brunswick will see a mixed bag of precipitation.

However, she said the question remains as to who will see what and how much will fall.

“It’ll highly depend on where that rain-snow line is. As well, we are expecting an extended period of freezing rain,” said Maepea.

Central New Brunswick is expected to see the heaviest snow, with between 15 and 30 centimetres possible. That would include places like Fredericton, Woodstock, and Miramichi.

However, areas further south could also see heavier snow if the system tracks a little further south, said Maepea.

As for rainfall totals, they could be as high as 25 to 50 millimetres in areas along the Fundy coast.

Maepea said if you have any plans this weekend, you should keep an eye on the latest forecasts.

“We are at the end of March, so we often have that mixed precipitation and it can change very quickly. Half a degree difference could make a difference between a giant snowstorm or all rain.”