Thursday, December 8, 2011

'Weather bomb' hits East Coast of Canada, US

Environment Canada has issued warnings for the Maritime provinces to prepare for heavy snowfall and high winds on Thursday.

Northern New Brunswick is expected to see an estimated 20 centimetres. Westerly winds gusting up to 100 km/h are also in the forecast.

Coastal regions in eastern New Brunswick are being warned of strong winds that could reach 100 km/h.

School Districts 5 and 15, which cover the English and French schools in northern New Brunswick, have cancelled classes.

The provincial government has cancelled its French Immersion public consultation session in Campbellton.

Snow is already falling in the northwestern New Brunswick town of Saint Leonard.

As well, the northern city of Bathurst has had about 16 centimetres of snow fall in the last 24 hours.

So far, southern New Brunswick is poised to miss the most severe elements of the storm, with rainfall warnings dropped by Environment Canada. more