FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Public Safety's New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization issued the following weather warning today:

Environment Canada is forecasting a winter storm to begin on Monday morning and will intensify throughout the day.

Light snow ahead of this system will begin in the morning over western New Brunswick and intensify as it spreads eastward throughout the day. Currently 15 centimetres of snow is expected through central and southern areas by Monday evening. For the northeastern regions of New Brunswick, 15 to 25 cm is expected by late Monday afternoon, with additional accumulation possible Monday evening

This fresh snowfall will combine with increasing northeasterly winds to reduce visibilities in blowing snow particularly Monday afternoon and evening.

Over southeastern sections snow is expected to mix with ice pellets and a change-over to freezing rain may occur Monday afternoon.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays.

New Brunswickers are reminded to be prepared in the event of an emergency or power outage and are reminded to have 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 during power outages; and knowing how to stay safe during an emergency.

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

An emergency preparedness guide is available online. Additional information and advice can be found on the Emergency Measures Organization’s website. To prepare for an outage, visit the NB Power website.

For further updates you may follow the Emergency Measure Organization on Twitter and Facebook, or by visiting the 24/7 emergency updates webpage. For storm-related social media messages, search #nbstorm.