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Latest Status on Great Lakes Ice

April 16, 2014; 10:03 AM ET

Just got back from a two-day trip to Toronto for a severe weather presentation.

I must say it was interesting showing the winter "recap" part of my presentation while it was snowing hard just outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel early yesterday morning.

This morning's visible satellite (below) clearly shows the freshly fallen snow cover over southern Ontario and the Appalachians of Pennsylvania. Also, note the shrinking ice cover of eastern Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.

On our way back to the Toronto Pearson airport late yesterday morning for our trip home, it seemed like there was about 3-4 cm on the non-paved areas while paved areas were just wet. Downtown Toronto there was maybe 1-2 cm on some cars and rooftops.

Next time, we may just drive since there always seems to be some type of issue with the airlines that just makes the day really long.


The overall pattern this week will be fairly typical of April....

--A Pacific system will track across the Prairies Friday/Friday night and could bring some light snow accumulations from the Saskatoon area to near Winnipeg. Confidence is low at this time as there is great uncertainty with the track and strength of this system.

--A second storm could also bring accumulating snow to central and western Newfoundland on Saturday.

--There is the potential for another significant warm-up from Manitoba to Quebec during the middle or end of next week.


Great Lakes ice coverage is shrinking but still incredibly high for this time of year....

As of this week, the total area of the Great Lakes that still has ice coverage is down to 38 percent as the strong April sun and surges of warmer air continue to do their work.

However, the graph below from the Canadian Ice Service clearly shows that the current ice coverage is way above the normal (green line), which is 3 percent for this particular week.

The second highest since the beginning of the satellite measured era (1980) is much lower at 18 percent back in 1996.

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