Description of Roadway Conditions

Winter Road Conditions in New Brunswick are reported based on the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) Terminology. There are nine (9) potential road conditions reported under the following categories: Bare, Partly Covered, Covered and Closed.

Visibility is also reported under the TAC guidelines.


Bare Category:

All Wheels of a passenger vehicle are on a bare surface, and some patches of snow and ice may be present

  • Bare and Dry: Most the road surface is dry
  • Bare and Wet: Most of road surface is moist

Partly Covered Category:

Two wheels of a passenger vehicle are on a bare surface

  • Partly Ice Covered: Two wheels of a passenger vehicle are on a bare surface and the other wheels are likely to be on ice.
  • Partly Snow Packed: Two wheels of a passenger vehicle are on a bare surface and the other wheels are likely to be on snow bonded to the road.
  • Partly Snow Covered: Two wheels of a passenger vehicle are on a bare surface and the other wheels are likely to be on loose snow.

Covered Category:

All wheels of a passenger vehicle are on snow or ice.

  • Ice Covered: All wheels of a passenger vehicle are on ice.
  • Snow Packed: All wheels of a passenger vehicle are on snow bonded to the road.
  • Snow Covered: All wheels of a passenger vehicle are on loose snow.

Closed Category:

Road closed due to flooding, RCMP direction, etc.

  • Road Closed

Visibility is more than 500 metres over your entire route


Visibility is between 250 and 500 metres at specific locations


At certain locations, conditions may suddenly reduce visibility to less than 250 meters.