Freezing rain warning for Nova Scotia, PEI and southern New Brunswick

Moncton woke up to fog, ice and even more snow after Friday’s first real winter.

Jack Kenan, who was watching his sister play hockey on Saturday morning, said: “I think it’s crazy. “It’s wet and horrible outside. Not really safe for driving.”

New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are all affected by some type of weather system, however, conditions vary from province to province.

CTV meteorologist Kalin Mitchell said: “We are still seeing rain in many parts of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, which results in higher total precipitation, especially in winter when the ground is flat. freeze. see things like water slide on the road and localized flooding.”

Meanwhile, New Brunswick had more mixed snow on Saturday.

“Much of the storm has passed by this point so the real danger now is what remains,” explains Geoffrey Downey, Emergency Measures spokesman. Statement of the Emergency Measures Organization, explained. they’re going to get pretty slippery and with the temperature dropping, they’re also going to get very icy.”

As conditions continued on Saturday, widespread closures and cancellations were noted. Moncton’s Public Library decided not to open and a junior hockey game was postponed in Truro and in Summerside, a COVID-19 testing site that closed at 10:30. this morning.

“Now, the next thing Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia will have to watch out for is as we move through Saturday night and Saturday night, the temperatures will continue to drop,” said Mitchell. “They’ll go back towards the freezing point and the rain is actually supposed to turn into icy rain.”

Nova Scotia and PEI have been under freezing rain warnings for all of Saturday. Although there were no weather warnings for New Brunswick on Saturday, D&S Snow Removal Services Inc. in Moncton said this latest storm doesn’t come without its own set of challenges.

“We had salted it earlier, in the hope that it would be enough and there would be no snow,” said Lisa Brush chief executive officer. a lot for a business, it’s very expensive for a business, so we can also do two 20-centimeter storms.”

On Friday, D&S Snow Removal Services Inc. It’s full of teams on the road, but it’s the weekend, they’ve come down to a gnarled team to clean up on Saturday.

“We take care of 16 to 1,700 driveways and about 40 commercial properties in the Moncton North area,” she said.

The locally owned business has been around for nearly 25 years, and although this winter has been rather timid, Brush said there are concerns as the crop approaches.

“For the snow removal companies, this is not an easy winter because when we go out, it will be our fifth day, it is not easy because it is very expensive, of course. fuel has tripled, diesel and repair…this is our equipment harder when we have storms like this.”

Adding, “we can’t find workers, we can’t find drivers. It’s tough because the people we need, and the girls, they’re working on heavy equipment in the summer, they’re laid off in the winter, so we want them, but they don’t make much. money when coming to work for us.”

It’s not an easy job for drivers, she said, and a lot of companies are facing similar problems.

“There are two companies in Moncton that have had to close, so there are a few thousand people without snow removal, but we are full,” she said.

As for the current system, it is expected to last for a few more days.

Mr Mitchell said: “The freezing rain forecast on Sunday is expected to be the most widespread in parts of Nova Scotia. “There is a risk of some light cold showers possibly reaching Prince Edward Island and southern areas of New Brunswick.”

“As we move into Monday, temperatures return to warm again in both Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, both of which are expected to turn to rain again, with New Brunswick getting a little bit of it. ice.”

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