Environment Canada is forecasting that a storm approaching from the south will pass over New Brunswick Thursday night, Jan. 4. The storm could cause power outages, deteriorating travel conditions or delays.

Snow will develop Thursday afternoon and spread northward across the province with a changeover to rain possible in the southeast late Thursday night. Early snowfall estimates are for 15 cm to 25 cm for most of the province. Northeasterly winds will strengthen with gusts near 90 km/h along coastal areas late Thursday afternoon or evening. Strong winds combined with snow will lead to poor visibility during the storm.

There is also the risk of a storm surge along the eastern shoreline, where large waves and elevated water levels could have an impact.

Motorists should avoid driving on snow-covered roads and check New Brunswick 511 before travelling.

Carbon monoxide safety measures

Snow accumulation may increase the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning related to fuel heating systems. Residents should ensure they have a working carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in their homes. This is the first line of defence against this colorless, odorless, tasteless gas formed by the incomplete burning of natural gas, gasoline, kerosene, oil, propane or wood.

Never run generators or cook with an open flame inside a home or a garage as these activities also create carbon monoxide.

72 hour preparedness

New Brunswickers are reminded to have everything they need for at least 72 hours following a storm. This includes preparing an emergency kit for home and car; knowing what to do during power outages; and knowing how to stay safe during an emergency.

An emergency kit should include food, water, batteries, battery-powered radio, first-aid supplies and any special items such as prescriptions, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities.

An emergency preparedness guide is available online. To prepare for an outage, visit the NB Power website.

For further updates you may follow the Emergency Measure Organization on Twitter and Facebook, or by visiting the 24/7 emergency updates webpage. For storm-related social media messages, search #nbstorm.