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Houses Entombed In Solid Ice Along Lake Erie

Crystal Beach, ON - Dec 26 2022
Most of North America was affected by the intense storm system that swept across much of the continent right around Christmas time. This "Bomb Cyclone" (a low pressure system that intensifies by at least 24 millibars in 24 hours) caused frigid temperatures, high winds, and some of the most intense lake-effect snow that places like Buffalo has ever seen. Thousands of flights were canceled, Christmas travel plans were disrupted for countless people, and Buffalo, NY was turned into a frozen disaster area with at least 39 fatalities.
 
Here on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes, we were also slammed. Most dramatically was Crystal Beach, Ontario, at the eastern end of Lake Erie. Here, the intense winds whipped up huge waves, which them sprayed water onto the lakeshore houses. This spray instantly froze, coating them in a thick layer of solid ice. The darker colour is from all the silt and other sediment from the lake that was in the water. It was truly a surreal experience seeing these frozen houses. I also went into Fort Erie to investigate the incredible snow that caused a state of emergency to be declared.

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