Winter Storm Prompts School Closures in N.B.

A winter storm that thrashed New Brunswick has prompted all public schools to be closed in the province on Thursday. The province is expecting to see almost 40 centimetres of snow, along with blowing snow in the central and northern parts of the province, whereas the southern areas are more likely to see ice pellets and freezing rain with storm mix. Consequently, poor condition throughout the province have resulted in different warnings for travelers, especially on the route from the Maritimes to Newfoundland and Labrador.

The agency liable to maintain the Trans-Canada Highway, Maritime Road Development Corporation, has advised travelers to stay off the highway or limit travel if at all possible. A representative of the agency, Ross Mathers, stated that “if you have to go on it, drive with caution,” adding that “If you don’t have to, do it like the airports and close it down.” Elaborately, he also recommended travelers to “use your phone and phone ahead and say, `I’m sorry, I can’t make it today.'” Mathers highlighted that the entire length of the highway maintained by his company is covered with snow- and ice-covered conditions, because “we’ve had a very heavy night with freezing rain,” and “we’ve had over 20 centimetres of snow in Oromocto.”

On the other hand, a representative of the company responsible for the highway from Longs Creek to the Quebec border, i.e. Brun-way, Felicia Murray, alleged that “this type of storm results in snow-covered, icy roads, which is what you would experience if you are on the highway today.”

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