Snow is falling – freezing rain – rain – and gusty winds on the way

A significant storm that hammered the U-S northeast yesterday is moving into our region. Snow is falling in the Saint John area with up to 15-cms expected before the change over to ice pellets and freezing rain this afternoon then to rain by this evening. A “Rainfall Warning” has been issued with up to 35-mm of rain expected.

The ice pellets and freezing rain will make for challenging driving and walking conditions while the rainfall could lead to flooding in some areas especially because the frozen ground has reduced ability to absorb the water. Winds will be strong gusting up to 80-km/h.

(Updated – 8:15am) Schools have been closed for the day. Ferry service to Grand Manan is cancelled for the day due to weather conditions while service to Deer Island is down to one ferry. Police in the region report roads are slippery and advising you to allow extra time if you are heading out. And it appears Shubenacadie Sam – the Nova Scotia groundhog – did not see his shadow this morning when he finally emerged from his little house – that means an early arrival of Spring like weather! And Wiarton Willie in Ontario is in agreement with Sam – he didn’t see his shadow either.

(Updated – 12:34pm) All Saint John Transit routes have returned to their normal streets and stops.