It's not every day that Environment
Canada issues a special weather statement like this:
- ...Could this be snow-mageddon?..
- Environment Canada is generally
not prone to exaggeration unless there is deemed to be a real
threat. We evaluate weather information and prediction models
in a measured, scientific manner and couple that with overall
impacts for significant events.
- Mother nature from time
to time will line up a near perfect set of conditions that generate
a series of significant events. That time appears to be the coming
week or so for many portions of southern Ontario in the form
of snow storms.
- The term 'snow-mageddon'
is not meant to alarm anyone or make light of the
situation, but to highlight the cumulative effects and impacts
that A series of snow storms can have on a wide region...
- I chased this event with a
small group of other storm chasers including Mark Robinson and
Jayson Mills. We began the chase in Burlington where high winds
whipped up blowing snow and made for very limited visibility.
We then moved on into the Hamilton region where lake enhancement
contributed to even greater snowfall levels. While there, we
experienced several instances of thundersnow as we filmed numerous
cars getting stuck in the deep, drifting snow. We then continued
on to the shoreline to capture some of the impressive wave action
that was now pounding parts of Lake Ontario.
- Although it wasn't a doomsday
storm, it was still impressive with heavy snow, bone numbing
windchills to well below minus 20 degrees, huge waves and near
zero visibility at times. Hundreds of accidents were reported,
schools closed and it was chaos at the Toronto international
airport. All this and the official start of winter is not even