Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Freezing rain has closed schools and roads, leaving 14,000 people without power.

Schools and several stretches of highway were closed Monday following warnings of freezing rain for New Brunswickers across the province.

Environment Canada has warned of icy conditions on roads and other outdoor surfaces after freezing rain overnight.

A meteorological department advisory said freezing rain would continue in all parts of the province except coastal Fundy from Monday to Tuesday morning.

All schools are closed due to the weather. All NBCC campuses except Moncton will be closed for Monday, as will Sussex Christian Schools.

More than 14,000 NBPower customers, primarily in the Moncton and Shediac areas, are without power.

According to NB Power, power is expected to be restored in some areas before noon. but others, such as Moncton, Dieppe, Shediac and Cape-BellmilesPower is expected to be restored from 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm.

NB Power spokesman Mark Bellevue said restoration times would depend on the amount of work required and the location of the blackout.

In Bayfield, near Port Elgin, for example, a broken pole in dense woods required special off-road equipment. Around 480 people were affected by the blackout.

“In some cases, repairing a transmission line can restore power to thousands of customers at once. A transmission outage is currently in the works in the Turtle Creek area near Moncton,” Bellevue said.

Closure of Vitalit clinics

Vitalite Health Network said all of its clinics in northwestern New Brunswick and the Bathurst region and the Acadia Peninsula are closed.

Haute-Madawasca Medical Center will be closed for one day. The community mental health and public health centers in Karaquet, Shipigan and Tracadie will remain closed until 1 p.m., the health authority said.

Horizon Health Network does not involve any closures.

Significant snow build-up is expected or is already occurring due to freezing rain.

The St. John’s area and Fundy National Park are the only places exempt from freezing rain warnings. Rain advisories have been issued for those areas as well as Moncton and southeast New Brunswick with 20 to 30 millimeters of rain expected.

Moncton, Grand Manan and Kent counties are under rain warnings and freezing rain warnings.

According to road condition advisories, sections of some roads are impassable. New Brunswick Listing 511 As of 8 a.m. Monday, 20 highways will remain closed. Several accidents were also reported due to the delay on the highway.

RCMP said driving conditions were very poor on most of the Trans-Canada Highway.

Environment Canada is forecasting prolonged periods of snow and freezing rain for Monday morning and evening.

“Surfaces such as roads, walkways, sidewalks and parking lots will become icy, slippery and extremely dangerous,” the weather advisory said. “Be careful of branches or power lines that break under the weight of the snow.”

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