Photos: Winds Force Destructive Ice From Lake Into Homes

High winds howling in Alberta, Canada, on Monday night forced ice from Lac Ste. Anne into homes in Alberta Beach.

A powerful cold front pushed across the area, stirring winds as high as 50-60 mph (80-90 km/h), on Monday night. The north-northwest winds blew across the length of the lake, which is about 6 miles (10 km).

"The lake had a lot of ice and the wind helped to jam that ice into the community," AccuWeather Expert Canada Forecaster Brett Anderson said. "It is pretty unusual to have that much ice pile up from a wind event like this."

It has been a cold winter across Alberta, Canada, so the amount of ice on Lac Ste. Anne is greater than normal. The temperature in Edmonton, Alberta, from December 2012 through March 2013 was 2.4 degrees F (1.3 degrees C) below normal.

Temperatures have been near to above normal, 60 degrees F (15.6 degrees C), since the ice was deposited in Alberta Beach. However, the melting process will be slow due to the nature of the lake ice, Anderson said.

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