Ontario highway crash captured on video

More than 100 vehicles were involved in a pileup on Ontario’s Highway 401 outside the Greater Toronto Area last weekend.

Environment Canada says a snow squall off Lake Ontario created poor visibility and accumulating snow.

Ontario Provincial Police say drivers were going too fast during slippery road conditions.

Fortunately only a few minor injuries were reported.


Winter vs. spring – the battle begins…

Environment Canada (Canadian Ice Service), 21 March 2015

Environment Canada (Canadian Ice Service), 21 March 2015

Spring is officially here but anyone living in New Brunswick knows that now is often when the battle lines are drawn.

Cold Arctic air can linger and along with an almost ice-covered Gulf of St. Lawrence creates a cooling affect which repeatedly fights it out with warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Greater Moncton as a low pressure system intensifies tonight over the Maritimes with as much as 15 cm expected by late Sunday.

The Canadian Ice Service map shows ice is breaking up in the Gulf of St. Lawrence around Anticosti Island, Lakes Ontario and Michigan are nearly ice-free but the Labrador coast and Hudson Bay are still solidly frozen.

Great Lakes mostly frozen over

Courtesy NASA, 19 Feb 2014

Courtesy NASA, 19 Feb 2014

It has been a very cold winter in Central Canada and the American Midwest and proof of that is the mostly frozen Great Lakes.

As of this week, scientists say 88 percent of the Great Lakes are frozen over which is a level not seen since 1994.

Lakes Erie and Huron are almost entirely frozen while the much deeper Lake Ontario contains much less ice.