Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mayday! Mayday! Rare May Snowfall in parts of Northern New Brunswick

Unexpected cold front turns out the most snow recorded in Bathurst area in 25 years on this date

Philip Drost · CBC News · Posted: May 23, 2018 3:02 PM AT | Last Updated: 7 hours ago

Put away the beach shorts and shades, and get out the mittens and tuque. Those who left their winter tires on are going to be able to brag to their friends and pretend they saw this coming.

Northern New Brunswick got a snowy surprise on Wednesday.

For the first time in at least 25 years on May 23, Bathurst and other parts of northern New Brunswick got snow.

"A sharp cold front pushed into New Brunswick today," said CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland.

"Cold northerly winds ushered in very cold air out of Quebec, resulting in rain, changing over to wet, slushy snow."

The snow started falling around noon. People took to Twitter to voice their surprise.

"It's kind of unreal, the snowflakes are huge," Linda Dalpe tweeted.

But no one has to worry about getting the shovel out of storage.

Temperatures in northern New Brunswick are expected to bounce back up into the late teens on Thursday afternoon.

There is a frost warning for the whole province Thursday morning.

Frost possible overnight in all of New Brunswick and the Northeastern Corner of Maine

Frost Advisory

National Weather Service Caribou ME
611 PM EDT Wed May 23 2018

Northeast Aroostook-Northern Penobscot-Southeast Aroostook-
Including the cities of Presque Isle, Caribou, Van Buren,
Mars Hill, Millinocket, East Millinocket, Patten, Medway,
Houlton, Hodgdon, Sherman, and Smyrna Mills
611 PM EDT Wed May 23 2018


* TEMPERATURES...In the lower to mid 30s.

* TIMING...Late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

* IMPACTS...Frost and freeze conditions may damage sensitive
  vegetation. Take steps now to protect tender plants from the


A Frost Advisory means that frost and brief localized freezing
temperatures are possible. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed
if left uncovered.



9:50 PM ADT Wednesday 23 May 2018
Frost advisory in effect for:

Fredericton and Southern York County
Frost may damage some crops in frost-prone areas.

Partly clear skies and generally light winds will give frost to most areas overnight tonight and early Thursday morning.

Frost advisories are issued when temperatures are expected to reach the freezing mark during the growing season, leading to potential damage and destruction to plants and crops.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #NBStorm.