FREDERICTON (GNB) – Safety officials are urging New Brunswickers to keep off the roads as a major winter storm moves through the province today and tonight.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting as much as 50 cm of snow to fall in northern parts of New Brunswick, while the south might see 30 cm of snow, 40 mm of rain and freezing rain.

“Unless it is an emergency, stay at home until the storm is over,” said New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization director Greg MacCallum. “More snow is on the way, gusts are making it hard to see, and rain and freezing rain will make roads even more dangerous.”

Anyone who must drive because of an emergency should check NB 511’s Twitter feed @brunswick511 or for road conditions and closures, and take an emergency kit with food, water, a blanket, first aid supplies, a flashlight and a battery-powered radio. They should also let someone know where they’re going, how they’re getting there and check in upon arrival.

Freezing rain increases the likelihood of power outages. People with generators or gas-powered heaters must make sure the devices are operated with safety in mind.

  • Never run a generator in your home, garage, or near a window or air intake outside of your house. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using a generator.
  • Never use a barbecue, camping stove or propane heater inside your house or garage.
  • Note that carbon monoxide poisoning can still occur even if you have opened your window or garage door.

Information about power outages can be found on the NB Power website or by calling 1-800-663-6272.

In the event of an extended power outage, municipalities and local service districts may set up warming centres. If in need, residents should check with local officials.

“The best thing New Brunswickers can do is stay informed and follow officials’ advice,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “The government is providing updates on its website and social media channels, as are the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization and local officials. As well, if you can do so safely, check on your neighbours.”