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St-Lawrence & Great Lakes Winter Conditions

St-Lawrence & Great Lakes Winter Conditions

According to the latest information available, current ice conditions in the St-Lawrence river/gulf are much better versus the same period last year.
As of today, there is ice up until the St. Lawrence Estuary extending below Anticosti which is expected for this period.
Most of the ice present at the time being is grey ice which is 10 to 15 cm with some new ice ( Forecasts are presently calling for average temperatures over January which will lead to continued growth and it is expected that the ice edge will be approaching Cabot Strait.

On January 6th, 2015, less than 6% of Lake Erie was frozen with a thin layer of ice on its western shore.
A week later, on January 13th, 2015, freezing on the southernmost of the Great Lakes has drastically accelerated due to the heavy snow storms and low temperatures. To date, about 60% of Lake Erie is covered by ice based on information received from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.
Ice has also formed on the four other Great Lakes. While onlyu 8% of the surface area of the Great Lakes was frozen a week ago, they were up to 25% covered as of January 12th, 2015.

This year, and for the first time since 25 years, water levels of all the Great Lakes are above normal which ends a 15-year period of being below historic averages.
Lake Huron and Michigan experienced a rapid rise in water levels within the past two years since they were at record low levels in January 2013.

January 15th, 2015