Extreme Cold Weather Will Impact Great Lakes, St Lawrence Seaway

The United States Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay - Image United States Department of Defense
The United States Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay - Image United States Department of Defense

From the USCG Mackinaw - Photo USGC
From the USCG Mackinaw – Photo USGC

Cold Weather Makes for Thick Ice

THUNDER BAY – Winter weather will impact shipping across the Great Lakes this year. The extreme cold through January and February has increased the depth of ice in the Great Lakes.

Additionally, on the eastern seaboard and the St. Lawrence Seaway, ice is greater than usual.

Ice Breaking on the Hudson River

The United States Coast Guard is helping to clear the Hudson River of thick ice that is hampering navigation on the waterway. (Feb. 27) Video – Daily Motion – Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

The task of breaking ice in Thunder Bay, and through the shipping channels in Duluth will be a large task this year. The plan is to bring in one of Canada’s Arctic ice breakers to help facilitate the opening of the Port of Thunder Bay.

The upcoming 2015 Great Lakes-Seaway navigation season will get underway in late March, just ahead of the Soo Locks re-opening on March 25.