Icy weekend in Central Canada

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A tree falls onto an SUV in an ice storm, East York, Toronto, ON, 15 April 2018 (R. Johnston/Toronto Star)

A slow moving low pressure system brought a wintry mix of snow, ice pellets, freezing rain, rain and strong winds to Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec over the weekend.

Icy conditions led to more than 1,600 highway crashes, numerous power outages from falling trees and downed lines, cancelled flights, transit delays and school closures.

Officials were forced to close the CN Tower due to falling ice from the structure.

Here are some totals from the spring storm as of 16 April at 2pm EDT:

  • Toronto Pearson Airport – 18 hours of ice pellets, 6 hours of freezing rain, 12 cm ice pellets.
  • Toronto Billy Bishop Airport – Peak wind gust of 96km/h
  • London – 14 hours of freezing rain with ice pellets
  • Windsor – 6 hours of freezing rain
  • Hamilton – 11 hours of ice pellets, 6 hours of freezing rain and ice pellets, 8 hours of freezing rain
  • Ottawa – 9 hours of freezing rain Sunday, 6 hours of freezing rain Monday, wind gusts to 70 km/h
  • Montreal – 9 hours of freezing rain Saturday, 4 hours of freezing rain Sunday, 3 hours freezing rain Monday
  • Quebec City – 5 hours of freezing rain Monday

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

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Ontario heat!

It felt more like mid-spring than late winter across Southern Ontario today.

A mild air mass combined with strengthening February sunshine to set new record highs in the region.

Environment Canada reports April-like maximums for 28 February:

  • Sarnia,  16.8 C, old record 15.1 C from 2016
  • Toronto Pearson Airport,  16.2 C, old record 14.0 C from 2016
  • Windsor,  16.1 C, old record 13.6 C from 2017
  • London,  15.1 C, old record 14.2 C from 2016
  • Kitchener-Waterloo,  15.0 C, old record 12.4 C from 2016

Ontario warmth heading East!

Cold snap grips U.K.

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Drivers deal with snow in Worcester, England, UK, 12 Dec 2017 (Sky News)

An Arctic chill lowered temperatures to -13 C in Shawbury near Manchester which was the lowest in the United Kingdom since -14 C in Braemar, Scotland in February 2016.

The cold comes after heavy snow fell with as much as 30 cm in parts of Wales knocking out power to tens of thousands.

Snow also fell in London where cancellations were reported at Heathrow Airport as plows cleared runways.

Snow and ice also delayed train schedules and created slick road conditions across the country.

Winter returns to the U.K.

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Snow covers a vehicle in Aviemore, Scotland, UK, 25 April 2017 (BBC Weather)


Arctic air has enveloped the United Kingdom with heavy snow in Scotland and northern England and near freezing temperatures as far south as London.

Forecasters say snow in late April is not uncommon and actually fell over parts of the country around the same time last year.

Temperatures struggled to reach 10 C today after a hard frost early this morning.

This cold snap is a far cry from record breaking heat earlier this month when the thermometer climbed to 26 C in southern England and a mild March which was the fifth warmest ever for the U.K.

Record highs in Eastern Canada

What a difference in one week in downtown Fredericton, 23 Feb 2017 (Facebook)

The weather has been relatively calm lately in New Brunswick and the Maritimes which has been a welcome relief after a string of winter storms earlier this month.

Mild air has pushed into the region which set several record highs yesterday both here and in Southern Ontario.

The Greater Moncton International Airport reached 10 C and it was the warmest temperature since 18 December – just shy of the record of 13.2 from 1981.

But some weather stations in the Moncton area climbed as high as 13 C.

New record highs for 23 February:

Kouchibouguac Nat’l Park 12.4 C

Woodstock, NB 11.9 C

Bathurst 10.5 C

Windsor, ON 19.3 C

London, ON 18.3 C

Toronto Pearson Airport 17.7 C

Wind, rain storm batters northern Europe

Waves crash against the seafront at Dawlish in Devon, England, 28 October 2013 (Reuters) REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Waves crash the seawall at Dawlish in Devon, England, 28 October 2013 (Reuters)

Hurricane strength winds battered Britain, northern France, the Netherlands and Scandinavia on Monday, cutting power and hampering air and rail travel.

Gusts of up to 160 km/h lashed southern England and Wales – the worst in a decade according to forecasters.

Thousands of London commuters were stuck at home after train and Tube lines were forced shut by toppled trees and power failures.

Reports say more than a dozen people have been killed so far in the powerful autumn storm.

Cold Easter in UK

Courtesy Accuweather.com

Courtesy Accuweather.com

The coldest temperature ever recorded for 31 March was set in Braemar, Scotland with a low today of -12.5°C.

It was also chilly in London this morning with a low of -2.8°C, several degrees below normal.

The UK Met Office reports that the average monthly temperature across the entire United Kingdom was 2.5-3.0°C below normal – the coldest March since 1962.

Meanwhile in Greater Moncton, it was a pleasant Easter day with sunshine and a high of 10.0°C – the warmest daytime high of the month.

UK calls in military for help in heavy snow

Snowy in Cargan, Northern Ireland, UK, 25 March 2013 (Reuters)

Snowy in Cargan, Northern Ireland, UK, 25 March 2013 (Reuters)

Heavy snow – as much as 30 cm or more – has blanketed parts of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and northern England paralyzing travel.

A military helicopter was brought in to aid farms and families who were stranded in the unusual spring snowfall.

Many homes are still without power for a fifth straight day.

London has so far escaped the heavy snow but temperatures remain below freezing.

Snow snarls travel in Western Europe

Snow being shoveled in Brighton, England, UK, 12 March 2013 (Reuters)

Snow being shoveled in Brighton, England, UK, 12 March 2013 (Reuters)

Snow and freezing conditions disrupted various forms of travel across Western Europe today.

Eurostar train service between London and Paris was halted and plows couldn’t keep up with the snow at Frankfurt Airport where hundreds of flights were cancelled.

Forecasters say the snow was the result of cold air from Russia colliding with a low pressure system over northern France.

Motorists were also stuck in their cars in southern England where as much as 15 cm of snow fell.