11/03/2014 05:24 EST | Updated 01/03/2015 05:59 EST

Snowstorm in New Brunswick closes schools, zaps power to thousands

New Brunswick's first snowstorm this season has closed schools across the province and left more than 12,000 NB Power customers without electricity.

Many students will also be without classes Monday, as schools in these areas have been shut:

- Anglophone West School District and the Anglophone North School District. 

- Anglophone North School District schools (excluding Rexton and Harcourt).

- Francophone North East and Francophone North West districts. 

- Francophone South schools in Oromocto and Fredericton.

- Carrefour Beausoleil in Miramichi.

- The NBCC campus in Woodstock.

Riverside Consolidated School in the Anglophone East School District is closed because of building issues.

Thousands without electricity

NB Power reported 12,197 customers had no power as of 7:10 a.m. AT.

The hardest-hit area is Woodstock, where 5,202 customers are without power, followed by Campbellton/Dalhousie with 1,799 and Rothesay with 1,431.

Meghan Gerrish, a spokeswoman for NB Power, said crews were working overnight to try to restore power.

She said heavy, wet snow in the Woodstock area has caused branches and leaves to fall onto power lines.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for eastern and northeastern New Brunswick.

"An intense low-pressure system will track northward across the Gulf of St. Lawrence today," it says. "Very strong northerly winds associated with this system are producing higher than normal water levels and pounding surf along the East Coast of New Brunswick. Conditions will improve this morning."

Dangerous driving conditions

Driving is dangerous in parts of the province.

Two transport trucks were stuck in the snow around midnight in the Meductic area.

Felicia Murphy, a spokeswoman for Brun-Way Highways Operations Inc., said police are at the scene and are diverting traffic at the Dougan Road exit.

She said RCMP officers are telling people to go home or use the old Trans-Canada Highway, as traffic is backed up for several kilometres.

Ross Mathers, of the Maritime Road Development Corp., said there is heavy slush on the Trans-Canada Highway from Kings Landing to New Maryland. 

There is light slush after New Maryland and the highway starts to clear up closer to Moncton, he said.