First storm of 2018 brings heavy snow, high winds, and freezing rain to Chaleur region

The first storm of 2018 has left tens of thousands of New Brunswickers without power, after pummelling the Maritimes with strong winds, rain, snow.

Over 2,500 NB Power customers in the Chaleur region are without electricity as are more than 4,800 on the Acadian Peninsula.

Environment Canada says a total of 43 centimetres of snow has fallen on the region since yesterday, with an addition 5 to 10 centimetres expected by this afternoon.

Provincial plows were removed from a number highway systems across the province, with only emergency vehicles being offered snow clearing assistance.

But, despite perilous road conditions and no travel advisories, the Bathurst Police Force says a number of motorists ended up stuck when they ventured out anyway.

A post on the department's Facebook page says those motorists didn't even need to be on the road.

A winter storm warning and special weather statement remains in effect for the region.