MONCTON, NB–There was a lot of cleaning up to do yesterday, as residents dug out after Saturday’s blizzard.

Our Meteorologist Richard Zurawski says around 45 centimetres fell in the Moncton region,  but that total can be deceiving because high winds caused blowing and drifting.

He says the winds made for messy conditions, causing whiteouts and zero visibility in some areas.

“The big issue with the storm was the wind.  We recorded some unbelievable winds.  Digby, Nova Scotia through Yarmouth had winds between 140 and 160 kilometres per hour.”

Codiac Transpo shut down services for the day, and most stores were closed.  Flights in and out of the Greater Moncton International Airport were cancelled.    NB Power crews remained on standby, but power outages, for the most part, were minimal.

RCMP say it appeared as though motorists did the smart thing, and stayed off the roads, as there were no serious accidents to report.

Zurawski says the snow banks may be high this morning, but they could be reduced significantly over the next couple of days.

“We’ve got a bit of a low pressure system coming in, not nearly as significant, but it is bringing in a lot of moist warm air.  We’re looking at rain, so we’re looking at a significant melt, both through Southern New Brunswick and in through Nova Scotia.

Zurawski says temperatures are expected to increase to around 6 degrees by tomorrow.