'Rapidly accumulating snow' expected as winter storm approaches

Environment Canada is warning New Brunswickers to brace for heavy snow and blowing snow.

The national weather agency has issued a winter storm warning for the entire province.

Forecasters say an "intense low pressure system" will approach the Maritimes from New England on Tuesday, and track through Maine on Wednesday.

They say "rapidly accumulating snow" is forecast to move into southwestern New Brunswick Tuesday afternoon, and spread to the remainder of the province by evening.

"The snow will change to rain over southern and eastern regions overnight [Tuesday night] into Wednesday morning and a few hours of ice pellets or freezing rain is likely during the precipitation changeover," said the national weather agency.

Snowfall amounts are expected to range from 20 to 30 centimetres, and Environment Canada says northeasterly winds gusting to between 70 and 90 km/h will bring widespread blowing snow.

"Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow."

Conditions are expected to improve on Wednesday morning through most of New Brunswick, although snow will linger throughout the day in the north.

You can find the latest Environment Canada forecast online.