Batten down the hatches, Charlotte County – a “weather bomb” in en route for Thursday, Jan. 4

Charlotte County – A weather bomb – a large and intensifying winter snow and ice storm – is expected to hit the region by Thursday morning.

Residents are advised to make sure they have their 72-hour emergency preparedness kits ready as power outages are possible with this storm.

The latest information from the Emergency Measures Office indicates the storm is now expected to intensify rapidly overnight tonight and become a large and dangerous storm by Thursday.

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Snow will begin in southern parts of the province mid to late morning Thursday and by mid-afternoon in the north. Despite the chance of a changeover to rain or mixed precipitation in the east, New Brunswick is expected to see mostly snow from this system with as much as 30 to 40 cm likely along the east coast. Southern New Brunswick is likely to receive 20 to 30 cm with lesser amounts in the northwest.

Along with the significant snowfall amounts, another concern with this storm will be the wind and storm surge generated by the combined effect of very low pressure and those strong winds. Winds will strengthen out of the east to northeast Thursday and become very strong in the evening hours.

Expect wind gusts to reach 50 to 70 km/h over much of New Brunswick with gusts along the east coast to possibly exceed 100 km/h Thursday night. A storm surge of 1 to 1.5 m is also expected along the east coast.

By Friday morning the storm will be tracking through the Gulf of St. Lawrence and will pull away from New Brunswick later in the day. Gusty west to northwest winds will remain along with dropping temperatures throughout the day. A return of very cold air is expected for the weekend.

Key points

  • Snow and blowing snow resulting in very poor visibility expected by late Thursday.
  • Strong northeasterly winds developing late Thursday into Thursday night.
  • High water levels and potential for coastal flooding expected Thursday night into early Friday.
  • A return of very cold temperatures expected in the wake of this storm system.