The Weather Files: The Eastern Canadian Ice Storm, 1998

Published: August 7, 2018

January 1998, a large area of high pressure over Quebec, cold air pumping down to the southern Quebec and eastern Ontario, and falling snow melting into rain: the ideal conditions for freezing rain to form!

Watch as Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, Geoff Coulson recounts one of the worst ice storms that Canada has ever seen. A storm that covered certain parts of eastern Canada with 80 to 100 millimetres of ice, crumpling massive transformer towers like they were made out of aluminum foil, and leaving many without power for weeks after the storm had passed.

Do you remember the Ice Storm of 1998?

Check out some of the firsthand accounts and memories of one of Canada’s most devastating ice storms, shared by our Cottage Life community via Facebook.

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