FREDERICTON (GNB) – The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization issued the following rainfall advisory and snowfall warning for Tuesday:

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting precipitation that will begin as snow over western New Brunswick tonight then spread to eastern parts of the province by Tuesday morning. Snow will change to ice pellets then to freezing rain before finally changing over to rain Tuesday for southern and northeastern regions. Precipitation will likely persist as freezing rain for northwestern New Brunswick.

Northern New Brunswick can expect 15 to 30 centimetres of snow with near 10 centimetres expected for southern regions. Rainfall amounts of 20 to 40 millimetres are possible for southern parts of the province with lesser amounts for northern parts.

In addition, strong south to southeast winds will develop Tuesday evening and could gust to 70 or 80 km/h.

Take appropriate actions

Residents should take appropriate actions to protect their properties by clearing drains of snow, ice or debris and securing items which may be prone to damage from snow and rain.

Homeowners who have experienced flooding during heavy rain storms in the past should take all necessary precautions to protect their properties and personal belongings. They should remain vigilant and report any issues related to increasing water levels and flooding by calling 1-800-561-4034.

Advice to motorists

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Snow and winter rainfall make driving conditions hazardous. Motorists should adjust to the driving conditions. Drivers should obey road signs indicating the presence of water and changes in speed limits.

Other reminders:

  • Visibility can be severely reduced during downpours; reduce your speed.
  • Watch the roads for standing water, which could cause hydroplaning.
  • Be on the lookout for washed-out road shoulders and culverts.
  • If you see debris on the roads, or damaged culverts, report it to your local authorities or police.

72-hour preparedness

New Brunswickers are reminded to be prepared in the event of a power outage and to have everything they need to sustain themselves 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, a 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. Information on preparing for a power outage is available on the NB Power website.

Social media

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