FREDERICTON (GNB) – Residents living in eastern regions of the province are advised by the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization to prepare for blizzard conditions TONIGHT.

Environment Canada is predicting strong northwest winds and very cold temperatures this afternoon and tonight. Total snowfall amounts near 15 centimetres are expected. Wind gusts near 70 km/h are expected over most areas tonight. Wind gusts up to 90 km/h are expected over some coastal locations. Combined with the fresh snow these conditions will give very poor visibilities due to blowing snow.

Travel will be hazardous

Motorists are advised that travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility. Please consult the 511 road conditions website before setting out on the roads during the 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 their 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 these 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.