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Water main break in Kitchener, Ontario causes deep freeze, warm up on the way

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    Cheryl Santa Maria
    Digital Reporter

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 5:47 PM -

    Roads remain closed from Union street to Bridgeport road in Kitchener, On., following a water main break early Wednesday morning.

    The break, which was first reported around 5 a.m., sent water across Lancaster street and Bridgeport road -- leading to a deep freeze.

    The area was quickly cordoned off as officials surveyed the scene.

    The extent of the damages remain unclear, but local media reports one home sustained waist-high water in the basement while another was completely surrounded by ice.

    Motorists who had parked their cars on the side of the road had a rude awakening when they discovered their wheels had become encased in ice.


    The deep freeze can be contributed to the frigid temperatures that have taken hold of much of Canada this past week -- but a warm up is mere hours away.

    The weather is expected to return to seasonal levels by Thursday which, for much of southern Ontario, means temperatures will be close to the freezing mark.

    The warmer air comes courtesy of a pineapple express.

    "This pattern occurs when a strong area of low pressure develops in the Gulf Of Alaska, just west of British Columbia - at the same time an area of very stable high pressure forms over to the south, centered near California," writes Weather Network broadcaster Chris St. Clair

    "The jet stream becomes powerful between these two opposite air masses. The entire atmospheric flow in this region aids in drawing great amounts of evaporative moisture from the tropical Pacific. Much of it from as far away as near Hawaii.

    A river of moisture now flows north eastward towards the west coast of North America. As this current meets our coast, it is forced higher into the atmosphere by topography - the western mountains. When this moisture laden air rises, by nature it cools and condenses. Heavy rains can fall for days at sea level, in the higher elevations it will snow steadily."

    RELATED: Read more about the pineapple express that's set to take Canada by storm.

    Here's a more in-depth look at active weather patterns, courtesy of Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani and Suzanne Leonard.

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