FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Justice and Public Safety's New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization issued the following weather advisory today:

Environment Canada is forecasting that a storm will pass over New Brunswick Tuesday night, March 13, bringing heavy snow and high winds.

Snow, at times heavy, is expected to begin late Tuesday afternoon. At this time, amounts near 15 cm are expected by Wednesday morning, with additional amounts possible during the day on Wednesday. Very strong northeasterly winds will develop Tuesday night and will likely cause extensive blowing and drifting snow, and could lead to isolated power outages.

Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. Poor weather conditions may contribute to transportation delays.

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 colourless, odourless, 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.