FREDERICTON (GNB) – Residents of southern and eastern regions of the province are advised by the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization to prepare for a winter storm TONIGHT

Environment Canada is predicting heavy snowfall of up to 30 cm and strong winds tonight over southern and eastern regions of the province. Snow and blowing snow will spread across regions of the province tonight and persist into Thursday. Wind gusts could reach 90 km/h in southeastern New Brunswick.

Such storms always bring the risk of power outages and disruptions in transportation. Residents are reminded to prepare by having everything they need for at least 72 hours following a storm. This includes preparing an emergency kit for home and car, knowing what to do and how to stay safe during power outages.

An emergency kit should include food, water, batteries, a battery-powered radio, first-aid supplies and any special items such as prescriptions, infant formula, and equipment for people with disabilities.

Motorists are advised to exercise extreme caution when travelling, and should avoid taking any risks. Travel should be restricted during and after a winter storm. Residents should always monitor road conditions before travelling.

In the event that motorists find themselves immobilized on the road by snow or blowing snow, they must make sure to clear the muffler of the vehicle to avoid being poisoned by carbon monoxide. Exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to health problems, illness or death.

The public is also advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings.