FREDERICTON (GNB) – Residents living in all regions of the province are advised by the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization to prepare for a winter storm tonight.

Environment Canada is predicting snowfall amounts of up to 30 cm with snow changing to rain over southern and eastern regions overnight. A few hours of ice pellets or freezing rain is likely during the precipitation changeover. Strong northeasterly winds gusting 70 to 90 km/h will develop tonight resulting in widespread blowing snow and reduced visibility.

Postpone non-essential travel tonight

Motorists are advised to postpone non-essential travel tonight until conditions improve. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.

Please consult 511.gnb.ca prior to putting your vehicle on the road during today’s storm.

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

Are you 72 hours ready?

Storms such as this one always bring the risk of power outages. 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.

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

Information is available on the 24/7 emergency updates website, as well on the Emergency Measures Organization’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.