That dirty melting snowpack could be considered a ‘chemical soup’

Rachel Schoutsen
That dirty melting snowpack could be considered a ‘chemical soup’
That dirty melting snowpack could be considered a ‘chemical soup’

The sights and smells of spring can take some getting used to, especially as one-time bright white snow now looks like a pile of dirt and garbage.

But spring's dwindling snowpack is that dirty because we’ve made it that way. Snow chemist John Pomeroy from the University of Saskatchewan refers to it as a “chemical soup”.

Find out what potential hazards live under your melting snowpack in our latest Health and Weather report.