Many of the images that came out of parts of southern Ontario after a major winter storm several days ago are shocking.
Among the hardest hit areas was the Niagara region, where lake-effect snow squalls fueled by high winds dropped a lot of snow.
Photos from The Canadian Press near Fort Erie, Ont., show homes along the shoreline encased in thick ice.
“What caused this impressive build-up of ice on these homes was the intensity of the blows that part of Lake Erie’s shoreline suffered during last week’s powerful storm,” said the Global meteorologist. News, Ross Hull.
“Big waves and spray from the strong gusts over 120 km/h passed over the breakwater wall and then froze very quickly during the flash freeze.”
Niagara Region has declared a state of emergency due to the storm, which is still in effect.
Roads were closed and emergency alerts were even issued for some areas over the weekend – including Fort Erie – advising residents to avoid travel.
Hull said milder weather was now on its way to the weekend, along with rain, leading to flooding issues.
“At this point, it looks like the heaviest rains will be north of the Niagara region, but with all the snow on the ground in that region coupled with the rain falling on it, there are fears of localized flooding in the area.” , he said.
Across the border in Buffalo, NY, more than 30 people are believed to have died from the blizzard.
There, the National Guard is going door to door in parts of Buffalo and its suburbs to check on people who have lost power. Authorities face the tragic possibility of finding more victims amid melting snow as a deep freeze eases into milder weather.
— With files from the Associated Press
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